AUSSIE billionair­e James Packer admits he was a screwed-up mess when he was engaged to diva Mariah Carey!

Their 18-month romance was “fun” at first, he says, and he popped the question with a 35-carat diamond sparkler in January 2016.

But then, a month later, James cracked up!

“I was in a bad, bad way,” he says in the new biography The Price of Fortune: The Untold Story of Being James Packer.

Struggling with depression, anxiety and a financial nightmare, “I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want to have $1.4 billion of debt anymore.’ ”

The couple split in October 2016, with Mariah, 49, reportedly receiving a $50 million “inconvenie­nce fee.”

James, 51, said later: “Mariah was kind, exciting and fun. But it was a mistake for her and mistake for me.”

Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them. — Dick Van Dyke

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James Packer says fling with star was illadvised

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