Adam Markovitz
November 05, 2009 AT 02:50 PM EST

During an interview on last night’s <a href="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2009/11/03/lkl.mariah.carey.abuse.cnn Larry King Live, Mariah Carey said that she had been a victim of abuse in the past. “Abuse has several categories,” said the singer when King asked if she had ever been in a situation similar to that of pop star Rihanna, who was assaulted by Chris Brown in February. Carey remained vague about details, but she did reveal that she had been emotionally abused by an ex-husband who had a controlling interest in her professional life at the time. The singer has previously spoken about the difficulties of her marriage to music mogul Tommy Mottolla, who launched her career in the early 90s. Carey is currently promoting a new album and her role in the movie Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (in select theaters tomorrow).

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