Mariah Carey: "I Was Naive" About Singing for Qaddafi Family

Entertainment Mar. 3, 2011 AT 1:24PM
Mariah Carey: "I Was Naive" About Singing for Qaddafi Family Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com

She's always in demand, but Mariah Carey tells UsMagazine.com that she's going to pay a lot more attention to who she's singing for in the future.

Last month Wikileaks revealed that the songbird had been paid $1 million to sing four songs for the son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi at a party in the Caribbean in 2006.

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"I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for," Carey, 40, says in a statement. "I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess."

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And the diva isn't shirking the blame. "Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable," she said. "Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows." 

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Other entertainers including Beyonce and Usher, also unknowingly performed for members of the dictator's family, and there has been pressure to donate the money. For her part, Carey will give proceeds from her new single "Save The Day" to human rights organizations to make amends, according to her rep, Cindi Berger.

"Mariah has and continues to donate time, money, and countless hours of personal service both here and abroad," Berger tells Us.

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