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The man who co-wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with Mariah Carey says the pop diva’s story about the song’s origins is as bogus as flying reindeer.

Carey’s longtime collaborator Walter Afanasieff this week tried to debunk Carey’s claim that he invented the Christmas classic as a child. “I’m proud of this song, which I wrote mostly as a kid on my little Casio keyboard,” he told Billboard in 2017.

In an appearance on the Hot Takes & Deep Dives podcast Thursday, Afanasieff credited Carey for the 1994 song’s enduring success, but criticized his “tall tale.”

She said there was “never any alternate history … until probably 10 years ago when she started hinting at the fact that, ‘Oh yeah, I wrote that song when I was a little girl.’

“But why didn’t you say that 12, 13 or 15 years ago?” So it kind of developed in his mind,” the producer argued. “But he doesn’t play anything. He doesn’t play keyboard or piano. He doesn’t understand music, he doesn’t know chord changes and music theory or anything like that. He doesn’t know a diminished chord from a minor seventh to a major seventh.”

“So to claim that she finger-wrote a very complex, chord-structured song on a Casio keyboard when she was a little girl is kind of a tall tale,” he added.

Two-time Grammy winner Afanasieff described their songwriting process as a 50-50 “ping-pong” of ideas with him at the piano during an early summer session focused on adding three Christmas songs to the upcoming album.

“At the time, I felt it was very collaborative,” he said.

He said he hadn’t spoken to Carey in four years, and that followed nearly 20 years of no contact.

An automated email from Kerry’s representative said he was on vacation when HuffPost reached out for comment.



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