Mariah Carey & Tommy Mottola
Carey was still a teenager when she caught the eye of Mottola, then the powerful head of Sony Music Entertainment. After he shepherded her career to superstardom, the pair wed in 1993—but the marriage wasn't a happy one. Carey recalls feeling controlled by Mottola, who was 20 years her senior and the head of her record label, even dubbing their New York mansion "
"—a reference to both the famous prison and his dominion over her professional life. Years later, after Carey had ditched both the marriage and Mottola's label, she
confessed to Larry King
that she had felt abused "emotionally, mentally… For me, to really get out it was difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage but a business thing where the person was in control of my life," Carey said.