Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Top Goss! -

Mariah Carey was said to be dev­as­tated when James Packer called off their 15-month ro­mance and en­gage­ment last year, and re­port­edly blamed his link with Scien­tol­ogy. Now the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man has come clean about his time dat­ing the su­per­star singer, 47, brand­ing it “a mis­take”. In a shock move, the nor­mally pri­vate 50-year-old broke his si­lence on the pair’s en­gage­ment, which ended in Oc­to­ber 2016. James ad­mit­ted he was at “a low point” when they got to­gether and was over $5 mil­lion in debt. “I was at a low point in my per­sonal life. Doc­u­ment­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions with my sis­ter was tak­ing longer than ex­pected,” he re­vealed in an in­ter­view. “She [Mariah] was kind, ex­cit­ing and fun. Mariah is a woman of sub­stance, but it was a mis­take for her and a mis­take for me.”

The bil­lion­aire also re­grets di­vorc­ing his sec­ond wife Erica Bax­ter – the mother of his three chil­dren, who he split from in 2013. “It’s my big­gest re­gret that I let my marriage to Erica fail. It is what it is and she’s do­ing an in­cred­i­ble job.”

James re­fused to com­ment on the pair’s set­tle­ment.

Hap­pier times: James and Erica with their three kids Em­manuelle, Jack­son and Indigo in 2014.

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