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Pop superstar Mariah Carey has revealed that she has bipolar disorder. The singer told People that though she was first diagnosed in 2001, she is coming forward with her story now because she feels she is in a good place managing her mental health. 

Carey told People that she was in denial when she first learned the diagnosis, after she was hospitalized for a physical and mental breakdown in 2001. That was shortly after she made a much talked-about, bizarre appearance on MTV’s “TRL.” 

She said that she finally sought treatment after “the hardest couple of years I’ve been through.” Carey said that keeping her diagnosis to herself has been “a burden.” 

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she said. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

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