Tommy Mottola Talks Marrying and Making Music With Mariah Carey

"I didn't write the songs. She did," the music executive says of his pop star ex-wife

Asked about his ex-wife, Mariah Carey, Tommy said his book was very kind to her: "All I said was nothing but complimentary things about her talent. … I didn't write the songs. She did. I helped make the records." Tommy did say one thing--back when they were married, Mariah was on the Sony roster with Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira: "Do you think any of them complained about what happened to their lives--to their success?" Tommy said he met Mariah after someone handed him a demo tape at a party--on the limo ride home, "I put in the tape and heard a voice that was one of the most extraordinary things I've ever heard." Tommy signed her immediately and the pair started work on her first album: "Working that closely, night and day, on the project? A relationship started to happen." It was a regrettable choice: "Looking back on it, I take full responsibility. … It probably would've been better off, for both of us, if we had not had a relationship."