Mariah Carey and Her Longtime Creative Director Part Ways After Rocky New Year’s Eve Performance

Changes to Mariah Carey’s team are happening in 2017 after her live New Year’s Eve performance that went awry.

Entertainment Tonight reports that Carey is no longer working with her longtime creative director and tour choreographer/dancer, Anthony Burrell. “He’s not being brought back [in 2017] for a number of reasons,” a source close to Carey told ET. They claim that his departure from due to a placement decision that he made “without the approval of Carey or her management team.”

The source also tells the news outlet that Burrell moved her backup dancers off of the stage and onto the base of the risers to make more room for the dancers during Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. Though Burrell and his managers didn’t respond to ET’s request for comment, Burrell reportedly replied to their DM on Instagram with the thumbs up emoji. Welcome to 2017.

Carey gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly on Jan. 3, saying that her rocky performance on New Year’s Eve will not stop her from doing another live event in the future. “But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team,” Carey added.

“My true fans have been so supportive and I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve,” said Carey.

The singer appeared to be in better spirits on Wednesday (Jan. 4, 2017) after posting a cheerful photo on Instagram with the caption, “Aspen moments.”

Aspen moments. ❄️❤️

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