She may have fallen onstage, but Mariah Carey's not letting anyone or anything inadvertently reveal whether she's pregnant.
The pop sensation tumbled onstage during a Singapore concert Saturday. The 40-year-old diva sat there for a moment before one of her backup dancers helped her up.
Carey, who had been belting out "Make It Happen," quipped "I meant to do that" before an assistant rushed to relieve the singer of the high heels that likely led to her fall. Ever the performer, Carey finished her 90-minute show barefoot.
Carey later took to Twitter to assure her fans she was A-OK.
"TY SO much to my fans in Singapore!!! Yeah, several hectic moments, (lol!)but I tried to swirl them into festive!.Love+ God Bless!," she wrote on her Twitter account.
But her fall could have more serious implications. For months, Carey's been dodging rumors that she's pregnant. Recent photos of a larger-than-usual Carey at a concert in Brazil helped fuel baby-onboard reports, but in their wake, Carey's publicist released a statement saying that even she can't say for sure if the singer's pregnant.
"I appreciate everyone's well wishes, but I am very superstitious," Carey said in an August statement released by her publicist, Cindi Berger. "When the time is right, everyone will know -- even Cindi Berger."
Asked to comment on the singer's condition following her Saturday fall, Berger told ABCNews.com Carey is "fine." She declined to further comment on Carey.
As celebrity watchers affix proof-of-pregnancy explanations to Carey's decisions -- the "Precious" cast member reportedly dropped out of a new Tyler Perry movie project -- husband Nick Cannon, 29, addressed the rumors with listeners of his radio show in August. People.com reported Cannon's message: "I've said it before and I'll say it time and time again. When my wife feels like talking about whatever she wants to talk about, you will hear it directly from her."
News of high-profile celebrity pregnancies (remember Angelina Jolie and Katie Holmes?) tend to fuel media frenzies. Recently, expectant moms Alicia Keys and Miranda Kerr have garnered their own share of media ink.
Experts do notice, however, the seemingly contradictory stances of many female celebrities. On the one hand, some starlets desire to be media darlings and the focus when it comes to looks, fashion, romantic partners and what they've eaten for dinner. But on the other hand, they opt to stay totally mum about confirming they're pregnant.
Why the duality?
It's simple, suggested Patricia A. Farrell, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and the author of "How to Be Your Own Therapist: A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking Back Your Life." Whether the celeb confirms or denies, she wins.
"When a female celeb denies her pregnancy, both the press and the fans gets played," said Farrell. "The pregnancy, whether confirmed or denied, is in the service of getting more ink and playing the PR game. This compunction to tease is even more useful when she's fallen a few rungs off the media ladder and wants the newly generated interest in her medical condition to boost her standing."