Mariah Carey’s credit cards got declined while shopping on Rodeo Drive

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As someone who lives paycheck to paycheck, it’s kind of hard for me to feel sorry for Mariah Carey, but a little celebrity schadenfreude isn’t necessarily a bad thing every once in a while, right?

The 47-year-old singer’s recent shopping excursion on Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Drive hit a snag when Mariah’s credit cards were declined. An eyewitness told RadarOnline.com that “When it happened at Louis Vuitton she thought it was a fluke. But when it happened three more times she was embarrassed and humiliated.” She did eventually purchase the items in question, after enlisting the services of her assistant as well as her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, who reportedly “made a total scene” (Who will bet “Do you KNOW who I am?” was asked at least more than once?) and then paid for the merchandise in cash.

As for these alleged money woes, Radar reported that “Mariah is blaming her manager for the cancellations, postponement and low ticket sales of her tour with Lionel Richie. She’s also had bad press and business deals. Stella keeps saying everything is going to be all right, but it’s not.” The tour with the former Commodore was postponed because Lionel suffered a knee injury, but is back on, kicking off in Oakland on July 21. I don’t know about the rest of the tour dates, but here in Atlanta, you can get tickets for this show really cheap. Add to that dwindling income (she reportedly “only” made $6.3 million in 2014) and her seeking out a $50 million payout from former fiancé James Packer and it appears things aren’t looking so good for our little butterfly. Getting her cameo cut from the movie The House probably didn’t help either.

One reason for her being a little strapped for cash may be her recent jaunt to the Bahamas with on/off beau Bryan Tanaka and her 6-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. The quartet spent the 4th of July weekend swimming with nurse sharks at Compass Cay, an attraction located on a private island is in the Outer Exumas near the Exuma Cays Land And Sea Park – which I am sure isn’t cheap. Mariah posted a photo of the event, captioning the snap, “Shark day with #dembabies … don’t worry, they’re gentle #NurseSharks.” Did she mean to say #dembabies or #demboobies, because, damn. They didn’t have a more accommodating wetsuit available?

Shark day with #dembabies … don't worry, they're gentle #NurseSharks 🦈🦈🦈

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Is this is situation where her manager deserves a little side-eye or where Mariah is spending faster than she’s making it? I don’t have a good feeling about this but I can’t wait to see what happens next here.

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  1. KLO says:

    Oh lawd…

    • Addie says:

      She’s too difficult professionally and personally. I suspect her moment in the sun has passed and she’s going to have to deal with it. She should take some good financial advice, and pull her head in. Why is she demanding a payout from a former fiancé?

      • DSW says:

        Rumor has it James Packer encouraged her to give Nick Cannon whatever settlement he asked for, because she would have plenty of money once she and Packer married. Of course, that never happened. Now, she’s mad about how much she gave to Nick and wants Packer to compensate her. Mind you, this is not the “official version” of her reasoning. It’s just what’s been rumored. The reasons she gave publicly never made much sense.

  2. ArchieGoodwin says:

    We live paycheque to paycheque as well, and I admit I enjoyed reading her cards were declined.
    It’s her spending, no doubt. She still thinks she is the queen of it all, and she’s not. I bet she is just as bad as Tori Spelling at personal management and boundaries (spending wise), and now she is reaping what she sowed.

    I don’t like Mairah (can you tell?!)

    • Dtab says:

      I live paycheck to week before paycheck…

      I totally agree with you on the spending….she still thinks she is earning 60million a year and she simply is not making it like that anymore

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      She’s spent like it’s going out of style for years now, so I blame her. Even if one has money managers and accountants galore, one still needs to know the lay of the land.

      I also have no love for Mariah. Her diva antics (can’t hold my own water, lift an umbrella, WALK) didn’t endear her to me at all.

    • Yeah, it doesn’t matter if you’re paycheck is $600 or $6M, if you’re living beyond your means it won’t be enough.

      Mariah may have made $6M over the course of a year, but if she’s living like she’s making $20M a year, she’s going to have serious problems.

      It’s time to scale back Mimi!

    • Pandy says:

      I don’t like her either. She’s lost her voice and lost her way. The dollars ain’t rolling in anymore but she’s too delusional to dial it back. Nick got out at the right time!

    • Sarina says:

      Finally, someone who actually knows how to spell paycheque properly, lol. Anyway, do pay cheques still exist in America? Cheques are almost extinct in Australia. Almost no one uses them, and your salary is direct credited into your bank account every week/fortnight. I cannot even remember the last time I saw a cheque. I think it was a decade and a half ago. lol I do love Mariah’s music, but she has always come across as a real spoilt brat, a super diva with more money than sense who has no idea how the rest of us live.

      • graymatters says:

        My 16-year-old son had a savings account for years but needed a checking account (chequeing?) for McDonald’s to direct deposit his pay. So his first pay period ended in a paper check he took to his bank. Now he’s thrilled to have his own debit card.

        BTW, McDonald’s may not be much of a dining establishment, but they’re treating my baby well for his first work experience. I’m more likely to drive through, now.

  3. S says:

    So, you’re saying Mariah Carey might NOT be living a wise, temperate and financially sound lifestyle? I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked.

    • boredblond says:

      Stunning, isn’t it? Perhaps someone will start a ‘Mariah must shop!’ gofund page for her..hehe

    • AnnaKist says:

      Ha! If anyone is in need of a billionaire right now, it’s Ms Carey… And while she’s scouting around for one, she could maybe hock the engagement ring from James Packer. That should keep the wolf from the door for a couple of weeks. 💍💰

  4. SoulSPA says:

    I thought she was very rich in her own right. And the downfall in concerts may be due to her being unprofessional and uber diva. Not taking her own responsibility. Bad PR team too.

    • lucy2 says:

      She was very rich, but I have a feeling her spending has increased as her earnings have decreased. She hasn’t had a hit in ages, and her touring and events do not go well.

      • Lucy says:

        +1 she still makes good cash, she was reportedly just paid $2.5 million to perform at the F1 event in Baku last week, but I have a feeling she spends it like she makes it.

  5. Realme says:

    Tour with Lionel Richie? WTF???

  6. SKF says:

    Chica is lazy and spoilt and no longer has a work ethic so…

    • cherrypie says:

      Delusional AF! She needs to get her act together…..and this diva behavior is doing her no favors.

  7. manda says:

    I could see someone stealing from her. Doubtful she checks the statements.

    It makes me sad that she calls them “dembabies”. That was a thing with her and nick and I feel like since she and nick are no more, that she needs a new nickname

  8. RBC says:

    If I was Mariah, I would do a through lookover of my finances since this manager took over. Also wasn’t it Oprah who makes sure she personally signs every cheque before it leaves her desk? Some celebrities put too much of their financial life in other people’s hands. Great to have a manager look after things but at the same time don’t be totally clueless.

    • Realme says:

      Yeah, you’re totally right. However being successful in the showbiz doesn’t automatically mean you are particularly smart.
      Unfortunately many celebs are incredibly dumb. Oprah is certainly an exception.

    • HadToChangeMyName says:

      And there are rumors about this woman already and the fact that she’s basically isolated Mariah and allegedly makes all decisions for her.

    • Ninks says:

      Her manager seems really sketchy and I would definitely be very wary of her if I was Mariah. Unfortunately for Mariah, I don’t think she has any idea of her financial situation and has been spending like crazy for years because she’s a diva and never thought the gravy train would run out. Maybe a little kick in the arse like this will mean she’ll be more gracious next time somebody offers her an easy payday.

  9. trollontheloose says:

    it’s always the manager’s fault. Some celebrities just don’t want to hear about “Limited budget”. or purse tightening THey think their names alone open credit lines or “put in the tab”. they want free stuff, discount, they want to walk in and Ali BAba gates wide open. Seriously you can warn them but then it’s too late especially when they are used to spend $100.000 a week.Very few of them will sit down on a daily basis and keep track of any spending. That’s why the likes of Keira Knightley set themselves
    a annual budget: they know what’s in the bank: they don’t screw themselves and their accountants/managers have to report any dime that leave the bank.

  10. Bee says:

    Slow claps for whoever chose this posts photos. Just wow, that tube dress.

    • Megan says:

      Apparently she is in denial about her correct size.

    • HadToChangeMyName says:

      I wonder if lipo stops working once you have too many …

      • Former OR nurse here and assisted in many lipo cases.Lipo is for reshaping out of proportion areas of fat.A surgeon worth his salt will be sure to tell patients that lipo is fine ,but if you gain about 20 pounds or more the fat begins coming back in weird places.Example lipo to inner thighs and The you gain 25 you will start putting weight on in neck,face,upper arms,abdomen and so on.Looks to me that she’s had a lot and weight gain has krept up and she is now built weird due to where she is now carrying said weight gain.

  11. lolo86lf says:

    Okay so it all makes sense to me now. She wanted to marry that billionaire guy because she was broke. So instead of making sure he married her by giving him a little of pre-marital nookie to get him hooked she chose to play hard to get and withhold sex from him for the entire year of their relationship. We know now her scheme did not work out. Her lawsuit is not looking good either as it should. He does not owe her a penny.

    • DSW says:

      She seems like the kind of woman who would “phone it in” sex-wise anyway, because she doesn’t want to muss her hair. He probably wasn’t missing anything.

  12. hey-ya says:

    ….omg…does that mean her gorgeous locked security has been let go….

  13. Maria F. says:

    the pic in the wet suit is soooo Mariah. I had to giggle when i saw it. Regardless where she goes, what attire she wears or what the temperature is ‘demboobies’ are coming out. It is her trademark now more than her voice.

  14. Lostinthe says:

    ITA lolo86lf – I think she knows she’s broke but doesn’t care, et al – looking for a $$$$ man. She might be close to Tori S territory…….I bet we hear more stories like this

  15. Grand Jen says:

    Tee hee. Somewhere in Beverly Hills there’s some support group for Delusional/Drunk Aging Stars Who Overspend And End Up Broke. Johnny Depp just introduced Mariah to the group. “My name is Mariah and I’m an Idiot.”

    No pity at all for these fools. None. I got too many creditors chewing on my ear and here I am at work with McDs for breakfast. F off.

  16. Tania says:

    I foresee Mariah doing a stint in Vegas.

    • Mango says:

      She already is? lol

    • MiniMii says:

      Not me. I’d say every Vegas venue is going to hear her name and go ‘NOPE’.

      She’s lazy, entitled, spoiled, and is lacking both her voice and any sort of work ethic. Vegas – or anywhere else – would be insane to hire her on. They’d lose big $$$$ refunding tickets to very angry patrons who aren’t going to put up with waiting 2 to 4 hours for MC to deign to make her grand entrance and then lip-sync badly.

      She needs to trim her budget, and retire gracefully before the last remaining shreds of respect that anyone may still have for her disappear.

  17. Cee says:

    Perhaps she is over her credit, payments are done at a later date, etc etc etc. She had the cash so I suppose not everything is terrible in Mariah’s pantomime.

  18. megan says:

    She is so ridiculous now. The way she acts, the way she dresses….

  19. littlemissnaughty says:

    I have so many question. Why is Lionel Richie going on tour with her? Why would anyone pay to hear her sing in her current state? Her vocals are not what they were. When did she start to live in an alternate reality? Why does she insist on wearing outfits that clearly may burst at any moment? Could she really be that short on money? She’s sold hundreds of millions of albums. And if so, how much cash do her people carry around that they can pay for anything at LV AND WHY WOULD THEY?

    • holly hobby says:

      I watched Lionel Richie’s interview with Piers Morgan (I know I know but it was a good interview. Lionel came across well) and he basically tours for enjoyment. He isn’t really in it for the money because all those song royalties is making him rich. The song “Lady” alone bought him a big house.

      Speaking of royalties, she used to write her own songs. Does she not anymore? I think songwriting will outlast any vocal talent because the money will keep rolling in.

  20. cherrypie says:

    She has some serious issues that’s for sure.

  21. Sansa says:

    She was not able to perform Times Sq. New Year’s Eve and seems delusional. What does she need? Nada. She is shopping and spending because she is bored. Been there done that. Your too young to retire she can try to go to Vegas for a big paycheck, but given her recent unreliable unprofessional manner I would consider her a big risk.

  22. blonde555 says:

    She is a whack job but it’s Mariah Carey. Tooo-tight tube top dress or ill fitted water suit I think she’s still outrageously fab. One of the remaining divas around.

  23. Erica_V says:

    There was a recent video of her “performing” and when it was her time to sing she just stood there. After a few seconds she started whistling. It was worse than the NYE performance because at least you could’ve believed it was technical issues. This was clearly just her refusing to sing. It was baaaaad.

    After the story about her Diva antics during that movie shoot, her refusing to sing during performances she’s paid for, I see her celebrity stock going way down. She should hang tight to whatever money she has left because if her voice is gone and she can’t use that to justify her paychecks she’s in for a very rude awakening soon…

    • MariahL0ver1 says:

      She was whistling because she was performing “I know what you want” and that was BUSTA RHYMES part she was whistling to and then sang her part?

  24. Libra girl says:

    She needs to shop for a haircut, clothes that fit and a breast reduction. She’s a straight up mess. Girl pull back on the skank.

    • holly hobby says:

      If anyone was old enough to remember when she first came out (me!) Mariah used to have a modest bust. I think those are implants so yeah she needs to remove them or downsize.

  25. Selena Castle says:

    As a big busted thin woman (no implants here just cursed with really large breasts) I can sympathise with the wetsuit thing. I am a size 6 – 8 everywhere but a size 14 up top (Aus sizes), and am quite tall. I had to get a wetsuit custom made because of a very embarrassing situation where I put on the best fitting hired wetsuit I could find and every time I took a breath the zipper would start undoing. Everyone thought it hilarious, I was mortified.

  26. Egla says:

    I hope it’s just a technicality because if she really squandered all that money well…she did a very stupid and insensitive thing regarding herself and her children. If I recall correctly she paid some 60 millions to her husband during her divorce so her children will have some economic security at least. I think she has a lot of assets and she still gets royalty from all the songs she has written so she will be fine IF she starts controlling her spending.

    I live with a small salary and with no extra income and I save a LOT. I limit my spending to the minimum ( I go overboard sometimes) but I have to, as I need to have some security for myself. Of course being poor makes me spend those money on things I need (vacations destroy me each time as I like visiting new places, I need that in my life) time to time but I still save again. It makes me happy knowing where I’m at financial wise. I need that. And I am paranoid about my stuff. I know that even if I had that kind of money she has, I would double check everything that comes and goes from by bank.
    I have seen some footage from her and I sense that, yes she plays the diva, she likes being a spoiled diva, she knows her limits now in singing etc but she is not stupid and actually knows what she is doing. She may have her problems but she is not that out of touch as we think. I blame ths new manager for some of her failings. I think she is feeding the beast. I sense she will be gone soon. Watch and see.

  27. Ixia says:

    While I’m not a huge Mariah fan, it’s entirely possible that her card was cancelled due to a fraud alert. This has happened to me several times, and it’s always embarrassing (I don’t know why credit card companies don’t call to tell you first!) It also happened with a work credit card recently and caused a huge problem with recurring monthly charges being declined. I would personally give her a pass for this situation.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      It also helps to alert the cc co. when you’re going to be making large purchases beforehand.

      I wanted to put the entire $6000.00 down payment for my new car lease on the card (double points for ALL purchases! Woohoo!). So I called them a couple of days before, arranged it, and there wasn’t a problem. At the end of the month, I paid it off in full.

      Just work with ‘em people! Then there’s no “Uh oh…😬😵😱” moments.

  28. shannon says:

    Welcome to the real world, hun, where is peasants live. I’ll show you around in my Ford Focus and even introduce you to the Kroger card app and teach ya how to cook 😂😂😂

  29. MariahL0ver1 says:

    She’s worth $520 million dollars so no she’s not spending more than she’s making she writes EVERY song she’s ever sang except covers she’s done, so while you’re typing behind your keyboard bashing her she’s getting paid from “Always be my baby” playing in some rural mall on some 90s radio station. You guys NEVER have anything nice to say about Mariah but the fact of the matter is she was EXTREMELY HARDWORKING in the 90s having an album in every year so to me she’s earned a right to act however she wants for giving us 27 years of beautiful music, she needs to get rid of Stella though and get LA Reid back (emancipation of Mimi era) she’s one of the last living legends we have and I don’t frankly think she needs to keep proving herself to people, her voice may not be what it was but she will still go down in history as one of the greatest vocalists we’ve ever seen.

  30. Googooli says:

    That manager Stella, and her daughters are leeching on Mariah’s money and stealing millions from her. Mariah is so lonely in real life that she has to rely on this bl-oody woman to be friends with her and her kids to have stella’s daughters as made up cousins. If you look at JLO, she has her mom and her sister and good close friends to give her family support. Something Mariah is missing.