Friday 21 July 2017

Billionaire James Packer 'dumps' fiancée Mariah Carey 'over extravagant spending'

US singer Mariah Carey and co-chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment James Packer stand on the red carpet ahead of the opening ceremony of the Studio City casino resort in Macau
US singer Mariah Carey and co-chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment James Packer stand on the red carpet ahead of the opening ceremony of the Studio City casino resort in Macau
Mariah Carey and James Packer
Mariah Carey and James Packer attend "The Intern" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Mariah Carey and James Packer attend "The Intern" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
SSinger Mariah Carey and James Packer attend the G'Day USA 2016 Black Tie Gala at Vibiana on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for G'day USA Gala)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

James Packer and Mariah Carey have reportedly called off their engagement.

The billionaire businessman (48) and award-winning singer (46) became engaged in January after less than a year of dating, but now it's reported their romance is over for good as their relationship was moving in different directions.

Carey recently agreed to film an E! reality show Mariah's World which caused tension between the pair and according to Australian tabloid Woman's Day, Packer took issue with her "extravagant spending".

The five time Grammy winner has an estimated fortune of $500m, but her former fiancé boasts a casino empire worth $3.4bn.

SSinger Mariah Carey and James Packer attend the G'Day USA 2016 Black Tie Gala at Vibiana on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for G'day USA Gala)
SSinger Mariah Carey and James Packer attend the G'Day USA 2016 Black Tie Gala at Vibiana on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for G'day USA Gala)

"It's all over," an insider told the magazine.

"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.'"

Neither are stranger to high profile relationships - Packer previously dated Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr, who is now engaged to Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel, while Carey has two children with ex-husband Nick Cannon, whom she split with in 2014.

Packer popped the question with a ring worth an estimated $7m and it was reported soon after the engagement news broke that Mariah wanted a no expense spared wedding.

Mariah Carey and James Packer
Mariah Carey and James Packer

"She wants the biggest wedding in history. She has every intention of playing the 'billion dollar bride' and James has given her an unlimited budget," an insider told Britain's Heat magazine, adding the pair want three special days of celebration.

She quashed the claims in an interview with People, coyly saying: "I can't really talk about them right now because everything is still being figured out. I never said it was gonna be a big wedding."

Mariah Carey and James Packer attend
Mariah Carey and James Packer attend "The Intern" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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