‘Vi­son of Love’ sours for Carey and Packer

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LOS AN­GE­LES: James Packer was “jeal­ous” of Mariah Carey’s back-up dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Bryan Tanaka, a new re­port claims in the wake of the news of the celebrity cou­ple’s dra­matic split.

TMZ claimed “sources con­nected with Mariah” had re­vealed the ten­sion be­tween the Aus­tralian bil­lion­aire and Tanaka that led to a show­down last June.

The web­site claims that fol­low­ing a loud ar­gu­ment be­tween the men, “Packer used his casino ties to get Tanaka banned from Cae­sar’s Palace”, where the songstress has a res­i­dency.

It has be­come a very messy and dra­matic end to the love story be­tween the 46-year-old songstress and the 48-year-old busi­ness­man.

The cou­ple have not seen each other in over a month af­ter a fight while on a ro­man­tic Euro­pean va­ca­tion, her spokesper­son has said.

The pair’s en­gage­ment un­rav­elled dur­ing a stay on a lux­ury yacht in Greece in Septem­ber.

TMZ re­ported Packer al­legedly did some­thing “re­ally bad” that in­volved Carey’s as­sis­tant and there are other al­le­ga­tions about his be­hav­iour.

Her spokesper­son has de­nied spec­u­la­tion the split was over in­fi­delity and in­sists Carey’s ex­ces­sive spend­ing was not to blame.

“Right now, they’re not sure if they will stay to­gether. They are dis­cussing it, and plan to re­lease an of­fi­cial state­ment to­gether about their fu­ture.”

Packer was no­tice­ably ab­sent from Carey’s Hal­loween party, where the star was seen pos­ing for pho­tos with her ex-hus­band Nick Can­non and their twins.

The split was first re­ported by Woman’s Day in Aus­tralia, with a fam­ily friend re­veal­ing: “It’s all over”.

The pub­li­ca­tion also claimed that the ty­coon has al­lowed her to keep her $10 mil­lion di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring.

The pair be­came en­gaged in Jan­uary af­ter a whirl­wind romance of less than a year.

The duo re­mained coy on the de­tails of their im­pend­ing nup­tials, but Mariah did sug­gest that the wed­ding would be a low-key event rather than an os­ten­ta­tious af­fair.

“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,” she told Peo­ple mag­a­zine ear­lier this year.

The seem­ingly un­likely cou­ple first set tongues wag­ging in June last year when images emerged of them hold­ing hands strolling around the is­land of Capri in Italy.

The news of their split comes af­ter Mariah an­nounced the can­cel­la­tion of most of her South Amer­i­can tour ear­lier this week.

Carey re­vealed she was “dev­as­tated” at the out­come and took to Twit­ter on Tues­day to share a link to her of­fi­cial state­ment to E! News.

“To all of my lambs in South Amer­ica, I am dev­as­tated that a por­tion of this tour had to be can­celled. Thank you for all of the ex­cite­ment and love – I hope to see you soon, my dar­lings!” she wrote.

Mariah also shared an im­pas­sioned mes­sage on Twit­ter, writ­ing: “Dev­as­tated my shows in Chile, Ar­gentina & Brazil had to be can­celled. My fans de­serve bet­ter than how some of these pro­mot­ers treated them (sic).” – Daily Mail

Mariah Carey and ex-boyfriend James Packer.

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