GMB’s Richard Arnold lifts lid on meeting Christmas queen Mariah Carey

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Richard Arnold, 53, told Express.co.uk that he once interviewed All I Want For Christmas Is You singer Mariah Carey, 52, while speaking at the Ideal Home Show, in partnership with NatWest. The Good Morning Britain Entertainment Editor then went on to reveal whether the star deserved the “diva” reputation she has been branded with in the past.

After being referred to as “high maintenance” for many years, the star has since confirmed she “doesn’t care” about that aspect of her reputation, even laughingly embracing the term. 

However Richard, who comes across plenty of high-profile celebrities through his ITV job, had a different take on the singer. 

Asked about the most surprising interview he’s ever had, Richard said: “Honestly, there have been so many. 

“Personal favourites include Dolly Parton, Celine Dion… And Mariah Carey was great – not a hint of a diva at all!”

Richard has been the Entertainment Editor on ITV’s Good Morning Britain since 2014 and has been working in showbiz for over two decades. 

He went on to reveal that another favourite interview of his was with legendary musician Tony Bennett.

“Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand were two notable interviews because I’m such a huge fan,” Richard explained. 

“I had a lovely time in Tony Bennett’s apartment in New York. It was wonderful, because his little dog, Happy, was just rolling around.

“I was very much aware that I was lucky enough to be in the company with an absolute icon – an absolute legend.”

Richard then went on to address his memorable encounter with musical theatre star Barbra Streisand, whom he was worried he had “upset” at the time. 

The presenter recalled their meeting on a hot summer’s day in New York, explaining: “My memory of Barbra Streisand was her stopping the interview halfway through…

“And I thought, ‘Oh my goodness me. I’ve come all this way and I’ve upset Barbra!’

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However, it seems the actress actually had a much kinder reason for putting the interview on pause. 

“She stopped the interview and she pulled out a tissue and she dabbed my top lip,” Richard revealed. 

“And she said, ‘We’ve got to take care of each other, right?’

“Because I’d got such a sweat on – the fact is it was very hot in New York at that time, because it was in September around fashion week.

“But yeah,” Richard mused, “I’ve been very lucky to meet them all – and not just famous people – but people from all walks of life. 

“They’ve got extraordinary stories to tell, so I feel very blessed to still be part of that.”

Speaking about his long career as Entertainment Editor, Richard went on to reflect: “Twenty-five years I’ve been on breakfast television. We celebrated that milestone in January. I think we’re very lucky to do the job that we do.”

The Ideal Home Show, in partnership with NatWest, the world’s longest-running home and interiors exhibition, will return to Olympia London next spring from 17th March to 2nd April 2023. For more information and tickets, please visit idealhomeshow.co.uk.

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