Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

Mariah Carey "can't believe" Prince is gone.

The 'Without You' hitmaker has paid tribute to the late singer - who passed away in April at the age of 57 from an accidental drug overdose - and his incredible songwriting skills.

She told the new issue of Complex magazine: "Prince was one of the best people I've met. He didn't care about the big system. I was always like, at any time Prince could write a No. 1 song, because he's that talented, but he chooses to do what he wants. I respect that.

"He actually helped me through a lot of situations with his knowledge. He always had a plan. I just can't believe he's gone. I was hoping that it was a trick that he was pulling - that it didn't really happen."

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old singer - who has five-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-husband Nick Cannon - previously reacted to Prince's death by asking for people to take time to reflect on his life.

Speaking in Paris after his death, she said: "He was a friend to me too and he talked me through some times I really, really needed somebody ... he was an incredible person if you didn't ever get to meet him and I'm sure his music touched every single person in here. So, let's have a moment of silence for Prince if we could please ...

"It's a very sad day but we remember the life of somebody who will always be treasured ... It's such a loss that he's gone. I'll never get over it."

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