Mariah Carey on Prince: ‘He was just one of a kind’

Mariah Carey at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA on May 17, 2015. (Photo credit: Tinseltown/

Mariah Carey opens up about her friendship with late singer Prince.

During tonight’s episode of “Mariah’s World,” the 46-year-old takes the stage in Paris after learning about the late icon’s shocking passing, admitting she didn’t know if she’d be able to “make it through” the performance.

“I’m not sure if everybody has heard the news yet that we lost one of the greatest, most incredible geniuses that we’ve ever had in music,” Carey can be heard telling the crowd. “He was just one of a kind and just so amazing and I didn’t know if I was gonna be able to come out here and put on a show and be festive.”

Minutes later — after it appears that the songstress took a minute to get her thoughts together, she realized that when in Paris, the only thing to do would be to carry on — after all, “that’s what Prince would want me to do,” she said. “I think he would want me to get through it.”

“He was a friend to me too and he talked me through [things when] I really, really needed somebody,” she shared with her audience. So, to honor her late, close confidante, the “Infinity” singer asked the audience to join her in a moment of silence for her “incredible” friend.

Previously reported, though the tragic death of Prince Rogers Nelson is still fresh on the minds of many fans, the Purple Rain star passed away at 10:07 a.m. on April 21, 2016 at his Paisley Park home. He was 57. Despite rumors of drug addiction — even AIDS — the singer’s death certificate cites that he did indeed die of a Fentanyl overdose.

Since his passing, those closest to him, including his protégée, Judith Hill, have shared words of love for a friend who uplifted them. “There was a very intense relationship. I deeply cared for him,” Hill told the New York Times at the time, revealing that before his tragic passing, “He told me that he loved me and that he would always be there for me.”

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