Published on: January 11, 2002

Exclusive ENQUIRER photos reveal a stunningly bloated Maria Carey as she tried to drown her mounting sorrows with a swim-and-sun vacation in Barbados -- without a boyfriend in sight.

The distraught songbird has suffered a frightening new breakdown after an attempted reunion with her boyfriend blew up and her record company prepared to give her the boot.

The issue that is on sale now chronicles Mariah's career setbacks, her heartbreak over her failed romance, her incredibly bizarre behavior during her vacation ... and more.