“Yeah, but you said, ‘recorded it,’ so I just had to clarify it for the folks at home,” the 50-year-old singer responded. (Carey and song-writing partner Walter Afanasieff co-wrote the tune, supposedly in just 15 minutes.) Adding just a splash more cringe to the exchange, Carey then asked what the noise in the background was, forcing Cohen to respond that it was Jennifer Lopez’s performance for the evening.
As reported by Page Six, Carey, whose supposed feud with Lopez dates back to her feeling that Lopez copied her ‘Loverboy’ with ‘I’m Real,’ kept a fixed smile on her face.
The situation was obliquely addressed in Carey’s recent memoir, which described “a female entertainer on [Sony’s] label (whom I don’t know),” an aside that itself references her famous interview response of “I don’t know her” to a question about Lopez.