She also opens up about why she believes "Glitter" failed and her relationship with Whitney Houston.
Mariah Carey is very aware of how her facial expressions and even more famous quips have become a thing of legend on social media.
From being wheeled around on an office chair backstage at one of her shows to other full-diva moments, Mimi is easily one of the most memed pop stars on Twitter -- and this hasn't escaped the notice of the singer.
In an interview with Pitchfork, the elusive chanteuse was asked if she's seen any of her most popular GIFs. "Some of them, yes," she replied. "It is what it is. You have to embrace it."
Of course, no Mariah shot is more overused than Carey defiantly telling a German TV reporter "I don't know her" when asked for her opinion of Jennifer Lopez. When asked about the quick moment that became a "never-ending meme," Carey simply told Pitchfork, "I really was trying to say something nice or say nothing at all. I really was."
She added that she tries to "stay away" from how everyone dissects her every word, "because you can't drown in that." Carey continued, "I don't know how people read comments all the time and then survive."
Another moment in her past that tends to get overanalyzed is her relationship with fellow-diva Whitney Houston, who she famously collaborated with on the 1998 "Prince of Egypt" song "When You Believe." The two later poked fun at the tabloid stories about their so-called feud at the VMAs that same year.
"People tried to pit us against each other in the beginning, and I understood that, but I always recognized how brilliant she was as a singer," Carey explained of how she really felt about Houston. "When we actually met and worked together, we had a great time together. We laughed constantly. We recognized that it's a business, it is what it is."
"I got her. I feel like I got her. I don't know," continued Mariah. "I just know that the Whitney I knew was someone I looked forward to hanging out with and having a good time with. She was fun and she was real."
While she's currently promoting her new "Caution" album, talk inevitably turned to "Glitter," which hit number one on iTunes this year thanks to her incredibly resilient "lambily."
When asked if she was surprised by the album's "cult status," Carey said she likes the soundtrack, but "avoided it for years" because it "represented a time in my life when they almost killed me."
"I was leaving Sony, I was fighting every day with my ex-husband [Tommy Mottola] who still ran the label, and then I was on a new label," she continued. "We released 'Glitter' on September 11, 2001, and it was a really bad time. We've had ups and downs."
Looking back, Carey admitted that the movie "was horrible," but also thought "there were other people with worse movies that nobody made a big deal about." As for why it didn't work, she added, "I don't think people were ready for an '80s throwback. I was just a little bit ahead of the curve with that. I'm not a person who thinks I'm better than anybody, or greater, or holier than thou, it's not any of that. It's just that then you have to be like, 'OK, well this didn't work, how do I prove myself after that?'"
Her latest, "Caution," is available now.