Hey, it happens. Haven’t you ever had one too many and made a fool out of yourself?
Mariah Carey made quite a scene last night, Jan. 5, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival – and not because a sparkly dress or some seriously high notes. No, according to several sources – and even a few celebrities – the diva definitely had few more glasses of bubbly — or, whatever — than sense would dictate.
After giving a long-winded, rambling speech, the songbird, who had been honored at the festival for her breakthrough performance as an understated counselor in Precious, was escorted away while concerned audience members hurriedly clapped her offstage around 8:30 PM on Jan. 5. Her erratic behavior didn’t go unnoticed by Sean Penn, who walked onstage as she exited.
“I, unlike the prior speaker, will do this speech completely sober,” Sean, 49, cracked. Up in the Air director Jason Reitman, 32, made a similar statement. “I’m about as happy as Mariah is feeling right now!” he laughed.
Even Mariah acknowledged she wasn’t exactly herself during the speech. “Well, I mean, please forgive me, I’m a little bit….” — and when an audience member shouted out an impolite euphemism for “very inebriated,” she pointed at the person and squealed, “Yea!”
According to several sources, Mariah, 39, already seemed like she’d gotten a head start when she arrived at the ceremony, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. “[Precious director] Lee Daniels was literally holding her up,” one source tells HollywoodLife.com, adding, “She couldn’t walk straight and was slurring all her words. She eventually had to be escorted out of the event.”
Adds a second source, “It was a little embarrassing – and then Sean Penn made fun of her, which made it so much worse.”
Have you ever had a little too much in public? C’mon, admit it!