Mariah Carey has fired a group of her longtime staff members because they no longer had her "best interests" at heart.
The US singer hit headlines in March after reports suggested a number of her representatives had all walked out on her. Among those parting ways were business manager Michael Kane, publicists Connie Filippello and Chris Chambers, and stylist Wilfredo Rosado, who helped Mariah's billionaire fiance James Packer design her 35-carat diamond engagement ring.
The news emerged amid speculation of a rift between the former staff and her self-proclaimed "Russian dictator" manager, Stella Bulochnikov, who was recruited a year ago to oversee her career.
"It seems as if Mariah has allowed a complete stranger, her new manager, to run her life, and others believe this woman is toxic," a source told the New York Post's Page Six at the time.
"Seasoned executives in their profession don't want to put up with her. Stella is hard to work with. Mariah doesn't understand what's going on because Stella paints a different picture, so Mariah probably thinks it's petty disagreements. These are not just random people who have left her. These are loyal people who have been around for years, some 20."
However, Carey has set the record straight, insisting she was the one who let the members of her team go.
"I dismissed a majority of my team because I discovered that they didn't have my best interests at heart," she explained to TMZ.com.
The singer, who is currently on tour in Europe, went on to declare she has full faith in Bulochnikov's expertise and she couldn't be happier with her continued success.
Her booming career includes her ongoing Las Vegas residency, which she resumes in May, and a new reality show for America's E! network, which she is currently filming while on the road.
And the 46-year-old reveals fans will get a glimpse at her new romance on the forthcoming TV series.
"My fiance James Packer just came to visit me in Denmark," she gushed.
"And he had no problem being on camera for the show with me... and we had a great time."
The couple announced its engagement in January after less than a year of dating. Mariah and Packer are reportedly set to tie the knot in a lavish ceremony on the island of Barbuda in front of 50 friends and family members later this year.