Mariah Carey Discusses Her Latino Last Name in This Rarely Viewed Clip

Mariah Carey Discusses Her Latino Last Name in This Rarely Viewed Clip
Source: AP
Source: AP

Mariah Carey is one of the most legendary singers of our time with an iconic voice. She sang some of your favorite songs — "Fantasy," "Honey" and "Always Be My Baby."

She is also Afro-Latina, but that's never really been a secret. It's on her Wikipedia and IMDb pages. Carey was born to an Afro-Venezuelan father whose father's name was Francisco Nuñez. 

There isn't much footage of Carey talking about her heritage. But, on Feb. 16, a Carey-dedicated YouTube channel named MariahRaw uploaded footage from an interview in which she discusses the last name. 

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It's not clear which television station aired the segment, but it seems to be on a Venezuelan TV program.

"My grandfather came from Venezuela, so I'm gonna try and see if I can, we'll see if I can find some relatives," Carey said. 

The interview, in English, also carries Spanish subtitles. 

Source: Mic/YouTube
Source: Mic/YouTube

"[My grandfather]'s last name was Nuñez," she tells the TV host. "My grandfather made up the name 'Carey,' when he came to America to be more accepted, I guess. But that was funny, because that's an Irish name and Irish people were discriminated against at that time too." 

Source: Mic/YouTube

Carey said the name debacle is why some of her album covers only have her first name. "It's not even my real last name anyway," she said. 

Source: Mic/YouTube

The host introduces her as "Mariah Nuñez," to which she says: "Then I could really be Maria Nuñez!" But, she's just kidding.

"I'll just be Mariah."

Don't know about you, but I can't wait for her new album, Me. I am Mariah. The Elusive Afro-Latina

Source: YouTube

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

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