Mariah Carey isn’t here for all the gossip.
As previously reported, the superstar singer and her billionaire fiancé, James Packer, called off their engagement earlier this week. “Mariah and James had a fight in Greece, and have not seen each other since,” a rep for the singer told “Entertainment Tonight.” “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.”
Though no concrete reason was provided for the breakup, the rumor mill has been buzzing. “Something really bad” happened, involving Carey’s assistant, that prompted the superstar to hightail it back to Los Angeles, after a vacation-gone-wrong in Greece, a source told TMZ. Meanwhile, Woman’s Day reported that the Australian businessman, 49, allegedly dumped Carey due to a falling out over her upcoming reality show, “Mariah’s World,” in addition to her over-the-top spending habits. Other rumors suggested the split was fueled by Carey’s allegedly inappropriate relationship with choreographer Bryan Tanaka.
Now, the megastar has responded to the rumors by gathering her girls. The star, 46, posted a snap on Instagram featuring herself dressed in a cleavage-bearing black lace-up top while sharing a tight embrace with a friend.
Never turning her back on her fans, the “Infinity” singer also took a brief moment to acknowledge her supporters. “I love my lambs in #SouthAmerica and will do everything I can to come in 2017 the proper way. Thank you for understanding. LYM, Te Amo MC,” she tweeted on Tuesday, shortly after pulling out of part of her Latin American tour.
Packer popped the question in Carey’s hometown on Thursday, Jan. 21 with a gigantic 35-carat sparkler. “They fell head over heels in love with one another. It’s crazy how perfect they are together, they both know it and couldn’t be happier,” revealed one source at the time.
“As soon as their friendship turned romantic, they have wanted to spend every moment together. They have a connection that is unparalleled; it’s been a very beautiful experience for them both. If you spend even five minutes with them, you can’t help but believe in true love,” added the second source.
Packer has yet to comment.