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And I felt acutely uncomfortable that my stupendously wealthy friend had swooped into my childhood home without warning, like some migrating exotic bird.
I'm not remotely ashamed of my origins and I knew my Indian-born mother, Roshan, would not accord Mariah any special treatment - she is not remotely fazed by celebrity - but I did feel awkward.
Yet she walks into the shop, picks up a wire basket and wafts along the aisles on a cloud of costly fragrance.
At the check-out, the proprietor, slack-jawed with amazement, puts her shopping in a box.
Diddy - which Icouldn't drink because I was on antibiotics. I visualised a morning spent pandering to the inflated ego of a prima donna.
I was driving home from work a couple of weeks later when a call came through from one of her aides. And I think she values the fact I am always honest with her - the people on her payroll may find it harder to speak their minds. I live in an unassuming flat near the vibrant, but impoverished area of West London where I was raised. Then Mariah, whose capacity for hard work is legendary - I have known her to go for 41 hours without rest - dropped into a deep sleep in my sitting room. The first track Betcha Gon Know on her new album, Memoirs Of An perfect Angel, contains the line: 'I fell asleep on Jasmine's sofa.' \She is great company and the consummate dinner party guest. As well as her kindness to her fans, she can be more than generous to her friends. Obviously, the stories about Mariah being diva-ish persist.
Actually, at the time I was feeling less than hospitable.