Is it [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] or isn’t it? Well, [artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist] herself insists that the stalker she played in her “Obsessed” video looks more like one of her male relatives than the rapper.
“Everybody started having their own speculations about who the stalker was,” she told MTV News. “I’m like, look, when I look at that stalker and me with the beard and the whole 9 yards, I look like my cousin Chris. I do. I look like my brother and my cousin Chris. So basically, you know, all the speculation about who I’m playing in the video, it’s not accurate.”
So who thought to put Carey in drag for the video? Ratner has said that Carey was the brain behind the getup, but the singer said that it was actually her hubby, Cannon, who thought up the idea to dress his ultra-feminine wife as a man. “Well, I live for a disguise, but … I love the anonymity of it,” she said. “But actually it was Nick’s idea, ’cause we were going after different comedians, comediennes.”
Though Carey credits Cannon for the brilliant idea, she also says she was able to pull it off thanks to all the acting she’s been doing. “The thing is that Nick was like, ‘Why don’t you just play the stalker?’ and I’m like, ‘I could do that ’cause I’ve been acting lately,’ ” she explained. “I’ve done a lot of different things and I’m very proud of the work that I’ve done lately, but the thing is that this was the chance to work with Brett Ratner.”