We all know Mariah Carey is a diva. Ever since she burst onto the scene with her debut album Mariah Carey in 1990, Carey has been ruling the airwaves and the tabloids, all the while having things done exactly her way – and honestly, we've come to expect that of her. What is a diva, after all, if she isn't insistent, flamboyant, and utterly fabulous – all words that describe Carey. More to the point, what is a diva if she doesn't have luxuriously titillating affairs, like the one she had with James Packer.
In late 2016 Carey seemed on the verge of getting hitched again.
The singer had been married twice before – the first time to music executive Tommy Mottola (a man 20 years her senior) when she was only 23. After that, it was rapper and America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, who was 10 years her junior. The couple were married seven years and had two children.
In 2016 Carey's newest conquest was James Packer, an Australian billionaire who came from a very select pedigree.
His grandfather, Franck Packer, controlled Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine Network, and was known as a towering figure in his field. James Packer followed in his steps, becoming a well-known businessman and investor.
Packer and Carey made sense, in the way that people who move through the glittering spheres of celebrity often do.
She had the looks, he had the money – they were a match made in celebrity heaven. Even though people acknowledged Packer seemed like an odd fit for Carey, the two seemed very much in love.
Carey first met Packer in Aspen in 2014.
“A couple years ago we were at the Hercules premiere [in Aspen],” Carey told Steve Harvey during an appearance on his show. We were talking and laughing and people were getting mad at us and stuff like that. So we hit it off.”
The couple made their red carpet debut in September of 2015.
They had been dating since June of that year. Within a couple of months, they were engaged. Packer presented Carey with a $10-million, 35-carat diamond boulder of a ring that had tabloids aflame.
Everything seemed to be going great, but then, scandal.