The world of celebrity relationships dropped a few bombshells yesterday, as Barbara Walters admitted to an affair with a U.S. Senator back in the 1970s and Mariah Carey reportedly married actor/rapper Nick Cannon in the Bahamas yesterday.
The Walters revelation that she and former Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke for several years comes from her new memoir, which the View host is promoting. The Post uses a short AP story to break the news, which cites a transcript from an upcoming episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show as its source. The News goes all out with a piece by Jo Piazza that includes photos of Walters, Brooke and tabloid fixtures Rosie O’Donnell and Star Jones. Unfortunately, the News gets the title of Walters’ memoir wrong, as it’s Audition, not Auditions, but they do provide several juicy bits from the memoir.
One such example is how she wanted to tell Brooke—who was the first African-American U.S. Senator since Reconstruction—that he was “the blackest man I have ever been with” after he quipped to Walters that she was the oldest woman she had ever been with. Walters also provides her take on Star Jones’s departure from the View (“Star seemed to have a difficult time finding another job. I still feel it might have been easier for her to find a new position if she had left the program in the graceful way we had suggested”) and Rosie O’Donnell’s time on the morning gabfest (“The premise of ‘The View’ is that of a team working together, but for Rosie it was more like Diana Ross and the Supremes, as little by little she took over.”) Remind me never to cross Barbara Walters.
Meanwhile, the Post has more details on the Mariah Carey nuptials in which she married a man 11 years her junior. (Please tell me they’ll put Mariah on an episode of the SNL skit “The Cougars Den.”) The News simply cites a report from Latina magazine, while the Post has several sources close to the singer dishing about the quickie ceremony in the Bahamas. The big “scandals” in this pairing—beyond the “it wouldn’t be shocking if the genders were reversed” age difference—is that Carey’s engagement ring is strikingly similar to the one Cannon gave ex-fiancée Selita Ebanks. Also, a “worried source” tells the Post, “There was no pre-nup—there wasn’t time.” Cannon and Carey have been dating for a month.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 2, 2008