Carey's connection to Prince was more than just that of a devoted fan. In fact, Carey explained that the two got to know each other "later in life" and even collaborated on a song, though that project never came to fruition.
"He helped me through so many moments where I needed somebody to guide me through," Carey recalled. "[He was] just a true genius… There will never be anybody else like him."
After hearing of his death, Carey shared a throwback photo of herself with the celebrated star as a memorial on Twitter. She captioned the photo, "Genius, legend, inspiration, friend. The world will miss you."