Mariah Carey was 'extremely uncomfortable' during Ellen DeGeneres pregnancy interview

Mariah Carey was 'extremely uncomfortable' during Ellen DeGeneres pregnancy interview
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Mariah Carey has addressed the now-infamous moment Ellen DeGeneres practically forced her to sip champagne while she was pregnant during an interview on The Ellen Show.

Amid allegations of a 'toxic' work environment on the popular talk show, a clip from a 2008 interview resurfaced in which DeGeneres attempts to confirm pregnancy rumours about Carey by challenging her to drink alcohol. 

"Let's toast to you not being pregnant if you're not pregnant," DeGeneres told Carey, who stumbled through a range of excuses before telling the host: "I can't believe you did this to me, Ellen". 

Now in an interview with Vulture, the Grammy award-winning singer has admitted she was "extremely uncomfortable" with the moment.

"I had a hard time grappling with the aftermath," she explained - not least because the pregnancy in question ended in a miscarriage after her appearance on The Ellen Show. 

"I don't want to throw anyone that's already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn't enjoy that moment."

Despite an obviously anxious Carey's attempts to change the subject or refuse the drink, DeGeneres continued to push her to confirm her pregnancy status, exclaiming "you are pregnant!" when the singer reluctantly took what appeared to be a fake sip from her glass. 

Carey later went on to welcome twins with her then-husband Nick Cannon in 2010, at which point she confirmed she had been pregnant during the Ellen interview two years earlier. 

"[There's] an empathy that can be applied to those moments that I would have liked to have been implemented," Carey said in the Vulture interview. 

"But what am I supposed to do? It's like, 'What are you going to do?'"

DeGeneres has not publicly addressed the incident since the clip began recirculating.