Mariah Carey Reportedly ‘Blindsided’ and ‘Devastated’ by Split from James Packer
An insider told E! News that Carey had no idea it was coming, and only learned about it when she saw it in the press.
“The split has been devastating for Mariah,” the source told E! “She loved James and was planning to marry him… She made life changes for this man to prepare for their future as husband and wife, even relocating to L.A., at James’ request, so he could be closer to his children. Everything she has done over the past year is to prove how fully committed she is to their life together. She really wanted this to work. And then, completely out of the blue, it imploded.”
Apparently, the relationship unraveled when the two were recently in Greece and had a huge fight. The source said Packer had “some sort of outburst which everyone heard,” saying it was all “too much.” There have been other reports that Packer had become “violent” and “mentally unstable.”
E! also reports Carey and Packer were to meet in L.A. to talk over what happened in Greece like “adults” but before the scheduled time, Packer dropped the bombshell that he was breaking off his engagement to Carey. “Mariah and James never met up after that,” said the insider. “And they haven’t spoken. The way the split news was handled was incredibly upsetting to her.”
As for the rumors Carey may have been cheating on Packer with her backup dancer Brian Tanaka, another source told E! the longtime friends have a “completely platonic” relationship. Tanaka has “been a supportive influence” in Carey’s life over the past 10 years, says a source. “Right now they are just close friends.”
The source added, “I can’t promise things won’t develop between them one day, who knows. But right now, the stories out there are an exaggeration and they definitely feel like a convenient ploy to make this whole mess look like her [Carey’s] fault.”