Mariah Carey's TV Docu-Series Confirmed -- But Don't Call It a 'Reality Show'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Mariah Carey is definitely not filming a reality show.
She is, however, filming a "docu-series" called Mariah's World, following the superstar as she embarks on a new tour of Europe and South Africa, works on new music, and plans her upcoming wedding to Australian billionaire James Packer. The show is confirmed to air on E!, the network announced on Tuesday. An official premiere date has not yet been revealed.
"I thought it would be a good opportunity to kind of, like, show my personality and who I am, even though I feel like my real fans have an idea of who I am," she continued. "A lot of people have misperceptions about this and that."
As ET previously reported, the 45-year-old singer has been filming for the project since at least February, as she wrapped up performances for her Las Vegas residency.
Whatever you call it, the eight-part series is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions -- the same company behind The Real World, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Total Divas and Project Runway, among others.
"The series will present a unique, vulnerable and surprisingly humorous side to Mariah that her fans have never before seen while showcasing her unparalleled celebrity lifestyle filled with true glamour, maximum luxury and ultimate stardom," promised Jeff Olde, E!'s Executive Vice President of Programming & Development, in a statement.
"I'm excited to bring my fans into my life for the next journey I'm about to embark on," Carey noted. "I'm already having so much fun with this documentary and I know you will too. There is nothing like capturing these moments."
In her NYT interview, Carey insisted that her children, 4-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, will not be featured heavily in the project.
"I don’t want to do anything that's exploitative," she said of her kids. "They haven't been filmed at all yet. There might be a couple of moments, but it's not about making them the stars of the show. They’re too young to make that decision."
Meanwhile, her fiance has made the decision not to participate in filming.
"He's a legit businessman,'" she explained. "It's not really his thing to be, like, traipsing all over Europe and hanging out with all my crew and dancers and singers."
For more details on the couple's whirlwind romance, watch the video below.