Gay icon Mariah Carey isn't much
concerned about people speculating that she's bisexual.
The 40-year-old singer-actress, who is
expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon in the spring,
just released her second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You,
a follow-up to her 1994 studio album All I Want For Christmas Is
an interview with gay glossy The Advocate, Carey says gay
rumors don't bother her.
“If it makes somebody happy to say
that, then whatever, but that's not the reality,” she told Brandon
Voss. “I don't have a discriminatory policy of who I'm friends
with, so yes, I'm friends with women who are gay – gay, straight,
it doesn't matter to me. So I don't get upset when I hear that,
because it is what it is. I guess I could lie about it to seem more
She went on to give teens who are being
bullied because they are gay or perceived to be gay a bit of advice.
“You have to stay strong, rely on
your true friends, and try to get through it, as opposed to drowning
in it,” Carey said. “Look at how many people suffered during
high school and came out of it a better, stronger adult. That's the
thing to focus on.”