But the pair were plagued by reports their union was an unhappy one, and by September headlines circulated they had a massive fight during a holiday in Mykonos, Greece, with Carey’s representative telling People at the time, “Mariah and James had a fight in Greece, and have not seen each other since. The fight was not because of any cheating allegations or excessive spending by Mariah.”
By October they had called off the engagement, and Carey immediately moved on with US choreographer Bryan Tanaka.
At the time it was alleged that the break-up was a result of Carey’s extravagant spending and disagreements over her reality show Mariah’s World, but Packer later said that the relationship had simply been a “mistake” on both sides.
“I was at a low point in my personal life. Documenting the negotiations with my sister was taking longer than expected,” Packer told The Australian in 2017.
“She was kind, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”
Packer paid the music icon a disclosed figure somewhere between $6 — $13 million.
It was reported the We Belong Together singer wanted upwards of $50 million, claiming she went through a costly move to Los Angeles to be with him.
When asked last week about his ex-fiancee’s upcoming memoir, Packer said, “I wish her well.”
Carey’s rumoured former lover, Eminem, also didn’t rate a mention in her book, while she writes that her first marriage to Tommy Motola was an oppressive union that left her feeling like a prisoner with little contact with the outside world.