Mariah Carey: 'I never called myself the Queen of Christmas'

"Look at every interview he's done."

Mariah Carey insists she has never called herself the "Queen of Christmas", days after attempts to trademark the title fell through.

The singer appeared on Stephen Colbert's 'The Late Show,' and after a few minutes of casual conversation about how it's better to chat in person than via Zoom, as they did during the COVID-19 pandemic, the host said: "Because you're the queen of Christmas, I've got some…” before Carey immediately cut him off.

"I never called myself the 'Queen of Christmas.' Can we please get this straight?” Mariah Carey pointed out sternly, challenging anyone to “look at every interview she's ever done”.

"The others say 'the self-proclaimed queen of Christmas.' I'm telling the truth; Am I going to do this?'" he continued.

"Without wanting to be too religious, but I think that if anyone could be the 'Queen of Christmas', it would be the Virgin Mary. Christmas is for everyone," he said.

Mariah Carey even said she owes her love of the holidays to her "tough childhood."

“I had a difficult childhood and always wanted Christmas to be perfect and it never was. And so when I was finally somehow able to give myself and my friends and now my young children, who are 11 years old, we have the most festive Christmas," she explained.

"People say, 'How do you write these Christmas songs and do that?' Because they're really authentic and they came out of my desire to have some normality and some peace and have a nice holiday. So now I wait (for Christmas) all year long," he added.

Referring to her classic Christmas song 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', Mariah Carey admitted she never expected when she wrote the song 28 years ago that it would have the success it has.

However, she noted that she doesn't hear it playing in the trendy shops where she buys gifts for her friends, because "they play cool music, not the little Christmas songs".

As for her own favorite Christmas song, Mariah Carey has revealed that it's 'The Christmas Song', either by Nat King Cole or Donnie Hathaway's version.

When asked whether she puts an angel or a star on top of her Christmas tree, Mariah Carey said she prefers both because she has decorated four trees in her home.