The Biggest Celebrity Meltdowns We Will Never Forget

Mariah Carey

Throughout the ’90s, Mariah Carey had built up a reputation as one of the top pop divas on the radio. But by 2001 she was working so hard, she allegedly suffered a physical and emotional breakdown. In addition to pressures from her career and the public, she had also gone through a breakup with her then-boyfriend of three years, singer Luis Miguel. Around this time, she began to post cryptic and concerning messages on her website such as, “I’m trying to understand things in life right now and so I really don’t feel that I should be doing music right now.”

Mariah Carey

That same year, she made a surprise appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live, interrupting the show by walking out in an oversized shirt and wheeling around an ice cream cart. Host Carson Daly was visibly shocked as he apparently had no idea Carey would appear, but he rolled with the punches as she proceeded to pass out ice cream to the audience and strip, revealing short shorts and a halter top. It became one of the most popular moments in TRL history, but just days later Mariah Carey was suddenly hospitalized for “extreme exhaustion.”