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Mariah Carey's response to gay author inspired by her music has fans tearing up

Mariah Carey's response to gay author inspired by her music has fans tearing up

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Never say Glitter didn't have a cultural impact!

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Mariah Carey fans are celebrating a sweet moment on Twitter between the singer and a fan-turned-author who cited her as the inspiration for his LGBTQ+ book for kids.

Last year, Ian Eagleton published a book about an 11-year-old named James who “loves dancing, poetry and Mariah Carey.” From the description, it sounds like the story of a boy who is initially confident in who he is and the things he loves — even if he doesn’t have a complete grasp on what that all means just yet — but struggles with school bullies and a father who is uncomfortable with gay people and stepping outside of traditional gender roles.

Eagleton detailed how Carey’s music helped him through his difficult teen years in an essay for The Guardian last year, tying it to the inspiration behind his novel, appropriately titled Glitter Boy.

He also shared that info in a letter to Carey herself, which he reposted on Twitter this week in celebration of the 19th anniversary of her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi.

“When I was growing up, being gay was something to be ashamed of and I was bullied terribly for it,” he wrote. “I was eleven and had just started secondary school when I heard Honey on the radio. I remember rushing to the record store and discovering your album Daydream, the first album I ever purchased. It changed my life.”

“Your music and your lyrics offered solace, companionship, and a reminder that, with a little self-belief, I would make it through the rain,” he added.

Although Eagleton noted in his tweet that he wasn't sure if Carey saw his letter back when he initially wrote it, the pop star chimed in and assured him that she had.

“I saw it, and I got the book!!” she wrote. “YOU are an inspiration!!! LOVE YOU.”

The full circle moment made waves among Carey’s fans, who appreciated both Eagleton’s initial story and how meaningful having her respond undoubtedly must have been.

And as for Eagleton himself, he reposted Carey’s tweet with this simple message: “Ian’s ghost will now be managing his social media account.”

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.