The "Touch My Body" singer, who covers the magazine's upcoming August/September issue, flaunted her figure in a variety of corsets and fishnet ensembles, while also dishing on her personal life, including her relationships with ex-husband, Nick Cannon, and her soon-to-be husband, James Packer.
Carey opened up about her divorce from the America's Got Talent host, with whom she shares 5-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.
"I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced. Like, 'Oh, great job. Repeat your past,'" Carey said, referring to her own parents, Alfred and Patricia, who divorced when she was 3. "But life happens. And it was supposed to happen. It’s fine. For [the kids], I wish it hadn’t happened that way."
Carey says she has reasonable expectations about how involved her future husband will be when it comes to her career, explaining, "I don’t expect him to be at every little thing that I do, and vice versa… he’s got a lot of stuff on his plate and so do I."
It turns out, Packer is also a fan of his fiancee's music, which seems like it would have been a deal breaker.
"Actually, I think if he didn’t like my music then how would I be able to handle him being around when all I’m doing is creating new stuff, doing whatever?" she shared.
The GRAMMY winner also talked about the late musical icon Prince, and what she learned from him while coming up in the music business.
"Aside from his genius, his artistry, he actually helped me through a lot of [business] situations with his knowledge. He always had a plan," she recounted. "He didn’t care about the big system and I was always like, in the back of my mind, at any time Prince could write a No. 1 song because he’s that talented but he chooses to do what he wants. I respect that."
Mariah's issue of Complex, available online and for pre-order on Tuesday.