A superfan has spent thousands of pounds going to Mariah Carey concerts after becoming obsessed with her from a young age.
Jeff Ingold says he's "THE superfan" when it comes to the pop star.
The east Londoner even got a 12-hour bus from Paris to Manchester from one of her concerts, to see her perform the next night.
Jeff, from Hackney Road, has been a huge fan of the songstress since he was just 10-years-old, writes MyLondon.
He even launched a campaign to get her 25-year-old hit Christmas song 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' to the top of the UK charts.
He explained: “I was a struggling gay boy closeted in a homophobic school. The music gave me something to latch onto, to feel accepted.
“It’s a powerful bond to have with a musician and ever since then I’ve just been the biggest fan.
“She’s an icon.”
The 29-year-old has seen her live 16 times in total, travelling across the world to go to her concerts. He has seen her in Los Angeles, Paris and even on New Year’s Eve in New York.
“If she comes on tour I’ll try to see her three or four times,” he said.
“Did I enjoy the 12-hour midnight bus back from one concert in Paris to see her up in Manchester? Of course not.
“But it was worth it.”
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He followed this by grumbling something about her getting a lift in a private jet.
Over the years, Jeff reckons he’s sunk about £10,000 into his passion for her including the concerts, the travelling and an alarmingly large collection of memorabilia.
Among many other things, this includes 15 different t-shirts, a signed picture of Mariah that he won in a competition and about 20 of her vinyls, even though he doesn’t have anything to play them on.
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He said: “There’s nothing I’d rather spend my money on.
“Some people like cars, some people like movies, I like Mariah.”
When it came to Spotify’s end-of-year round up it turned out Jeff was in the top 0.005 per cent of listeners.
When the numbers were crunched it turned out he had spent around 17,000 minutes listening to Mariah Carey’s songs so far this year.
One of Carey’s most famous songs is ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and every year when the festive season rolls around, people across the world start listening to again.
Despite its wild success it’s hadn't actually reached the No 1 spot in the UK charts, until this year.
That’s why Jeff launched his own personal crusade to get her to that top spot.
Jeff said: “December belongs to Mariah Carey. When people hear that song they know It deserves to get to No 1."
He added: “It’d be a nice thing for 2020 for Mariah to get her first UK Christmas No 1.
“It’d make a lot of people happy but most importantly her.”
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