Is the engagement off? Mariah Carey and her billionaire fiancé, James Packer, have split, according to a new, unconfirmed report from Australian tabloid Woman’s Day.
The Australian businessman, 49, allegedly dumped the pop superstar after they had a falling out over her upcoming reality show, Mariah’s World, and her over-the-top spending habits, Woman’s Day reports.
He reportedly allowed her to keep the massive 35-carat engagement ring he gave her when he popped the question in NYC in January.
“It’s all over,” a source told the tabloid of the lovebirds, who were first spotted together in June 2015 in Capri, Italy. “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.
Amid the news of a possible split, Carey canceled her upcoming South American tour dates, citing the reason as promoter negligence.
“Devastated my shows in Chile, Argentina & Brazil had to be cancelled,” she tweeted on Tuesday, October 25. “My fans deserve better than how some of these promoters treated them.”
Carey was previously married to Nick Cannon in 2008, but they split in August 2014. They share 5-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. Carey was also married to record exec Tommy Mottola for five years from 1993 to 1998.
Packer has also been married twice, to Jodhi Meares from 1999 to 2002 and to Erica Packer from 2007 to 2013.