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Derek Jeter played a big part in Mariah Carey's life, both on a personal level and musically. The former New York Yankees shortstop met Carey in 1998 shortly before her divorce from her music producer husband, Tommy Mottola.
"He was a catalyst that helped me get out of that relationship because I believed there was somebody else," Carey explains to Oprah Winfrey in the new Apple TV+ series The Oprah Conversation.
She added that Jeter being biracial also played a big part in her connection with the athlete.
"It was the racial situation. His mom is Irish, his dad is Black, but he's also very ambiguous-looking to me. I didn't know who he was," she says. "Honestly, I don't think it was like, 'Oh my gosh, he was the love of my life.' At the time I did because I didn't think I would ever meet anybody who wouldn't... feel superior to me because of the fact that I'm not one way or another in most people's minds and they have preconceived notions, whatever."