Mariah Carey thought she hit the jack­pot with bil­lion­aire James Packer, un­til it all fell apart

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Mariah Carey wanted to be seen. On Oct. 30, three days af­ter she an­nounced the end of her en­gage­ment to bil­lion­aire James Packer, the singer stepped out for din­ner at Au Fudge in West Hol­ly­wood. “She seemed so happy and looked fan­tas­tic,” says an eye­wit­ness, not­ing that Mariah’s mas­sive smile paired per­fectly with her $10 mil­lion en­gage­ment ring, which she was wear­ing on her right ring fin­ger. “She ac­tu­ally put her hand up to her chest and showed off the ring for the pho­tog­ra­phers. She was lov­ing all of the at­ten­tion.”

That’s the main rea­son she got into a re­la­tion­ship with James in the first place. Mul­ti­ple sources tell In Touch that Mariah, 47, never re­ally had feel­ings for the busi­ness­man, 49, dur­ing their year-and-ahalf ro­mance. She was just us­ing him to stay rel­e­vant and re­vamp her de­clin­ing ca­reer. “Their re­la­tion­ship was a sham from the be­gin­ning,” says an in­sider, while a friend re­veals that Mariah isn’t the con­fi­dent diva she makes her­self out to be. “Deep down, she’s a very in­se­cure woman who spends her en­tire life com­plain­ing about her ca­reer and ask­ing why she can’t have the fame she had 15 years ago,” says the friend. The at­ten­tion Mariah got from dat­ing James made her feel im­por­tant again. “She was never ready to make a marriage work with James,” adds the friend. “The re­la­tion­ship was ba­si­cally just to pro­mote her­self.”

A hot new ro­mance made for good TV, too. “When Mariah found out that James had a crush on her, she knew he’d be per­fect for her new show [the up­com­ing E! do­cuseries Mariah’s World] and jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to be his girl­friend,” says a source, adding that Mariah, who be­came en­gaged to James in Jan­uary af­ter just eight months, was stunned when he said he didn’t want any part of it. “James is a busi­ness­man, so it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple take him se­ri­ously,” says the in­sider. “He was wor­ried he’d come off look­ing fool­ish.” He even­tu­ally par­tic­i­pated and Mariah needed him for his wealth and ex­trav­a­gant life­style. “James hated it, maybe be­cause he started to re­al­ize he was be­ing used,” adds the in­sider. “But what Mariah wants, Mariah gets.”

The two weren’t even hav­ing sex. “They would sleep in sep­a­rate bed­rooms,” says the in­sider. That re­ally frus­trated the Aussie, who had been a long­time fan of hers. “James of­ten com­plained that he never got to en­joy her sex­i­ness,” says the friend. “But Mariah didn’t care. She was never fo­cused on mak­ing James happy or be­ing a real part­ner for him. The whole thing was just for show. All she cares about is her im­age.”

That’s why she tried to keep their split a se­cret. “The truth is Mariah and James have been bro­ken up for a month and a half,” says the friend, adding that Mariah has al­ready be­gun cozy­ing up to her young backup dancer Bryan Tanaka. But she’s fak­ing it with him, too. “This is her way of try­ing to make James jeal­ous. It’s very ob­vi­ous and poorly or­ches­trated.”

But James doesn’t care any­more. “At first, he adored Mariah, but even­tu­ally it just turned into brag­ging rights,” says the friend, ex­plain­ing that as the ex­cite­ment of their whirl­wind ro­mance died down, so did his in­ter­est in her. “It didn’t take long for him to see that she’s in­se­cure, im­ma­ture and one of the most high-main­te­nance fe­males in Hol­ly­wood,” adds the source. “Even­tu­ally he just couldn’t take her melt­downs any­more. He was done pre­tend­ing.” ◼

HE’S OUT! “At first, it ap­peared like they had a true whirl­wind ro­mance, but poor James had no idea what he was get­ting him­self into,” says a source. MOV­ING ON “She was full of joy and didn’t seem to be let­ting her breakup bother her,” says an eye­wit­ness


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