Mariah: "I'M Taking Care Of Myself"

By | August 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Mariah Carey wants you to know everything is a-okay. And don’t believe everything you read. And never underestimate the power of a pretty rainbow.

   That, in a nutshell, sums up an audio phone message that the singer, still recovering from her recent mental breakdown, posted for fans Monday on her official Website, www.mariahcarey.com.

“Okay, this is a message for my fans,” she begins. “And I just want to say thank you sooo much for all the letters, and everything that I got from you. I want you to know you definitely can’t believeeverything you read. And, um, thank you, because I am taking care of myself, and as we speak-or as I speak to you-I’m looking at the most beautiful rainbow that is going across the entire sky, and I love you much! Thanks. Bye.”

It’s just the latest sign that the troubled diva is getting back on her feet after she was hospitalized last month and placed under psychiatric care for an “emotional and physical breakdown.”

The 31-year-old songstress was released from a Connecticut hospital two weeks ago and since then, Carey has remained virtually out of sight. But she did manage to make a brief public appearance last week, spending two hours visiting her camp for disadvantaged kids, Camp Mariah, in Fishkill, New York.

The pop starlet surprised kids by walking into the dining hall and passing out ice cream treats, as her music played over the loudspeakers. She also signed autographs and posed for photos with the children, who each received a portable CD player and (natch) her current single, “Loverboy.”

Carey was first hospitalized July 25, after what her publicist said was a breakneck schedule completing the new movie Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack. Carey also had just finished shooting another film, Wisegirls, costarring Mira Sorvino.

Since then, 20th Century Fox and Virgin Records have pushed back the release dates for Glitter and its soundtrack to accommodate the ailing star. But there’s still no word on whether Carey is going to make the media rounds to promote the new flick, which now hits theaters September 21.

Meanwhile, Virgin managed to assemble a new video for her next single, “Never Too Far,” using existing footage from Glitter. The soundtrack, Carey’s first album for the label, is now due in stores September 11.

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