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

James Packer says fling with star was il­lad­vised

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