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Mariah Carey Describes Nick's Two Proposals

07/09/2008 at 06:15 AM EDT

Mariah Carey Describes Nick's Two Proposals
Mariah Carey says before meeting husband Nick Cannon, she went through such low times that she dreamt of being "kidnapped" from her life.

"When I was in an unhappy place in my life ... I always wanted to be kidnapped," the singer tells Elle magazine. "I just wanted a way out, but I didn't have one."

Ten years after her split with ex-husband Tommy Mottola, Cannon stepped into her life – and whisked her up in a whirlwind romance.

"We really kept the whole relationship aspect of it quiet," Carey says of their speedy courtship and top-secret nuptials. "We didn't want to give people a chance to be like, 'What are you doing? What are you talking about? This is so quick .... Are you sure?' "

Then, one night, while hanging out on the rooftop of her Manhattan apartment, Cannon popped the question with a 17-carat diamond hidden inside a candy ring pop. "They've been calling me Cinderella since I first started out," she says of the fairytale-worthy proposal. "Most people would think, Okay, please! This doesn't happen in real life."

A few days later, Carey got her wish – a kidnapping – and a second proposal.

"He sort of kidnapped me and took me on a helicopter ride," she says. "Then he re-proposed."

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