Mariah Carey

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Mariah Carey's new re­al­ity show sees the larger-than-life singer try­ing on wed­ding dresses and wrestling with a de­ci­sion to post­pone her mar­riage to Aus­tralian busi­ness­man James Packer.

Nine months on, as "Mariah's World" pre­pares to air in De­cem­ber, Carey is dodg­ing ques­tions about the sud­den break­down in Oc­to­ber of her en­gage­ment to the bil­lion­aire. Asked if the eight-part se­ries would show what re­ally went on to cause the split, Carey told Reuters. "Do we ever know what's re­ally real?... I hope we learn a les­son of be­ing good peo­ple."

Packer, 49, and twice-mar­ried Carey, 46, started a highly-pub­li­cized re­la­tion­ship in June 2015, and in Jan­uary, the Aus­tralian pro­posed with a mas­sive 35-carat di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring. Last month, the en­gage­ment was sud­denly off, spark­ing con­flict­ing ru­mors about who backed out, and why. Packer ap­pears briefly in the first episode of "Mariah's World," when the cou­ple en­joyed hap­pier times in the spring va­ca­tion­ing on yachts. Carey is seen loung­ing in lin­gerie, try­ing on a wed­ding dress, and de­bat­ing whether to wear a tiara. Film­ing started while the "We Be­long To­gether" singer was pre­par­ing for her Euro­pean tour that be­gan in March and the first episode shows her re­luc­tantly de­cid­ing to post­pone her wed­ding to Packer be­cause of her work com­mit­ments.

Carey, the world's best-sell­ing fe­male singer, says she wants the show to cap­ture "be­hind the scenes and the mo­ments... when you are get­ting ready to go on stage and putting on a tour." "I don't think peo­ple re­ally know who I am, or the dif­fer­ent sides of my per­son­al­ity, so I am ex­cited about it," Carey told Reuters. Although the show was first pro­moted as show­ing Carey plan­ning her wed­ding, it re­mains to be seen how much Packer will now ap­pear. On Wed­nes­day, Carey told Ellen DeGeneres in an ap­pear­ance on her talk show that her re­la­tion­ship with Packer was "kind of dif­fi­cult to talk about" and de­scribed the split as "a whole frig­gin' thing."

"Mariah's World" shows Carey to be heav­ily in­volved in plan­ning and re­hears­ing for her Euro­pean tour, as well as flirt­ing with her backup dancers. "There is a lot to get stressed out about and you do go through a lot of angst," she told Reuters. But "if I'm able to have my mu­sic... it's my sav­ing grace." "Mariah's World" pre­mieres on ca­ble net­work E! on De­cem­ber 4. — Reuters

A bride and groom walk with rel­a­tives and friends as they pre­pare to pose for their Wed­ding pho­tos by the Tae­dong river in Py­ongyang on Novem­ber 25, 2015. — AFP

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