Mariah Carey Confirms Split From Australian Billionaire James Packer • Denies He Dumped Her Due to Excessive Spending
A rep for Mariah Carey has confirmed that her engagement to Australian billionaire James Packer, has been called off.
A statement issued by the singer's reps states: "Mariah and James had a fight in Greece, and have not seen each other since. The fight was not because of any cheating allegations or excessive spending by Mariah. James is one of the most successful businessmen in the world. They are trying to work it out. Right now, they’re not sure if they will stay together. They are discussing it, and plan to release an official statement together about their future.”
According to a TMZ report, Mariah and Packer’s split stemmed from an incident that happened while they were vacationing on a yacht in Greece.
A source told the website that 49-year-old Packer allegedly did “something really bad” involving Maraih's assistant that prompted her to ditch the yachting trip and head back to L.A.
However, despite the breakup, the billionaire is allowing 46-year-old Mariah keep the massive $10m 35-carat engagement ring he gave her when he popped the question in NYC in January.
Why they broke up
A source told Australian Woman Day: “It’s all over. James had huge reservations about Mariah’s new reality TV show and the fact that she was willing to expose their lives to the world.”
Another source of tension for the couple was that the five-time Grammy winner reportedly refused to support Packer at his sister Gretel’s 50th birthday party in Sydney, Australia, earlier this year, and Packer’s mother, Ros Packer, didn’t get along well with Carey.
A source told People.com: "They are not together right now. They split a couple of weeks ago. It’s possible they will get back together. They are still talking, but James needed a break.”
The insider echoed the sentiments about their different lifestyles.
“Some of Mariah’s eccentric ways, especially her spending habits, caused drama. James is very private, and doesn’t need the media to be successful. He doesn’t want to be a part of Mariah’s reality show.”
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