Two Weddings And A Failed Engagement: Mariah Carey’s Love Life


Pop princess Mariah Carey certainly has a taste for success and has dated some big names in business, sport, acting, and music, but the singing superstar has also had her fair share of break ups. While most of her exes remained tight-lipped or civil, Mariah’s ex-fiancé recently came forward to expose the truth about the much loved singer.

The Executive

In 1991, Mariah handed high-powered music executive Tommy Mottola a demo but Mottola fell in love with more than just her voice. The two started dating while she was recording Music Box and they were married in 1993.


Breaking Down

Mariah and Tommy’s lavish nuptials, followed by their wedded bliss, was short lived and things began heading downhill. Soon after the release of Mariah’s hugely successful fourth album, Daydream, the star focused her attention to the deteriorating state of her relationship with Mottola. Carey struggled with the creative differences in the production of her albums as well as the general controlling nature of her husband. The relationship had taken its toll and the two were separated in May 1997.


Moving On

It didn’t take long for Mariah to find a new man after her separation from Mottola, and it was reported that she began seeing music producer Stevie J. The two worked together in 1997 on her album Butterfly which was followed by Stevie producing Mariah’s smash hit, number one single, “Honey.” It was said that the working relationship turned into a brief romantic fling but was halted before it became more serious. Mariah was said to be enjoying her freedom after a strained marriage.

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Co-Star Turned Lover

While it is not uncommon for co-stars to fall in love on a film shoot, Mariah’s music video shoots did not require much time on set, but this didn’t stop her from dating the talent. Eddie Griffin starred in Mariah’s video for “Honey” and the two had an instant connection. The two initially met on Independence Day which inspired her to pen the song “Fourth of July” about him. Unfortunately it wasn’t all fireworks for these two and their romance ended after a few months.

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The Pop Princess And The Sports Star

Mariah had not dated too many A-list stars until she began a romance with baseball icon Derek Jeter. Mariah and Derek were both at the height of their fame and prominence which led their relationship to be splashed all over the tabloids with the media constantly trying to find out all the inside information. During their relationship, Mariah was still married to Tommy Mottola and there had been much speculation as to when the divorce was going to go through.

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Three Strikes, You’re Out

Although the tabloids couldn’t get enough of Carey and Jeter, the couple were said to have many issues stemming from the media attention and the pressure on their relationship. They stayed together for a year before officially announcing their split, both putting out statements blaming the media attention as the catalyst for the break up. In dealing with the split, Mariah focused on her music and putting out another album but it wasn’t long before someone else came along.

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An Unlikely Pair

Mariah has never been someone to shy away from something that she wants and her determination was no different when it came to men. Mariah was due to be interviewed for a radio show and the pop star specifically requested that she wanted British heart throb and radio presenter Jamie Theakston to conduct the interview. While no one suspected that anything unusual was going on, it was later reported that the two had been spotted looking smug in the back of her limo.

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Misbehaving With Models

Mariah continued to enjoy the single life and was spotted out with Swedish model turned actor Marcus Schenkenberg in 1998. The rumored couple were pictured together at Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ birthday party in New York City, looking very much like an item. However, despite the duo’s united front, it was assumed that their relationship status was nothing more than a fling and Mariah was never seen out with Schenkenberg again. Mariah showed no signs of slowing on the dating scene.



After an on-again-off-again romance with Latin singer Luis Miguel, the two musicians decided to give their relationship and real chance and go all in. Mariah seemed infatuated with Miguel and their romance looked passionate and intense from the outside. Many speculated whether this would be Mariah’s second and final marriage as the two seemed to go from strength to strength. However, information started to arise surrounding Miguel’s overwhelming feeling towards the media circus surrounding the relationship and things started going south.

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Rock Bottom

Mariah’s love for Miguel was demonstrated most evidently when their relationship was crumbling in front of her eyes. Miguel loved and appreciated his privacy and Mariah’s life was too much to handle, so their three year relationship came to an abrupt end in 2001. However, in coping with their split, Mariah displayed some bizarre behavior on MTV and following a string of incidents, she was checked into hospital for an “emotional and physical breakdown”. Mariah quickly got her life back on track.

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Music Man

When Mariah and R&B singer Eric Benet starred opposite each other in Glitter, the movie made headlines when people caught on that there was a connection that surpassed their acting. It was rumored that from the film set, Mariah and Eric secretly dated somewhere between 2001 and 2003 but to make matters more complicated, Benet was married to Halle Berry during this time, with their marriage ending in 2003. While the rumors of a romance were never confirmed, the spark between Benet and Mariah was evident.


Will Mariah’s Man Please Stand Up

Mariah continued dating musicians but by 2002, she had moved on to none other than rapper bad boy Eminem. The relationship stayed under wraps to the point that it was Eminem who admitted he dated the star for around six months. Mariah, however, had other feelings about his admission and denied ever getting together with him. As for Eminem’s response to her claim, he said “I can never deny her talent, but the fact that she denied we ever had something, that’s bad.”

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Rapper Fued

The Mariah-Eminem romance controversy went on for some time. Mariah spoke out in an interview and made outlandish comments about the successful rapper, saying “Something is clearly askew with him … I’m curious as to why he’s so obsessed with me.” After hearing her comments, Eminem went and did what he did best- throw shade in one of his songs. He rapped of Carey “Mariah whatever happened to us? Why did we ever have to break-up?” We’ll never know the truth.

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Call My Manager

It seemed that Mariah had not learned from her past mistakes in mixing business and pleasure. In 2003, Mariah began seeing Mark Sudack, a record producer who happened to be her manager. While many people close to the couple said that they wouldn’t last very long, the two seemed to do quite well and dated for four years. Unlike many of Mariah’s other relationships, the singer was said to be the one to end this one with Sudack, with the media reporting he was “devastated” over their parting.

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Model Behavior

On the back of her split from manager Mark Sudack, Mariah was on the prowl and was introduced to successful male model, Christian Monzon. Mariah and Christian managed to keep much of their relationship out of the public eye but around a year into their romance, Mariah gave fans a rare insight into her love life with Christian. Monzon took on a steamy role in Mariah’s music video for “Don’t Forget About Us.” Their relationship lasted around two years before coming to a natural end.




Meeting Nick

In 2005, Mariah attended the Teen Choice Awards and was due to be presented with an surfboard award for her achievements in music. The person who presented her with the award was none other than Nick Cannon. Despite the meeting being completely platonic, it was said that at this point, Nick already had taken a serious likening to Mariah. Nevertheless, the two remained friends and spent the next three years getting to know each other as friends.

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Island Loving

Mariah threw herself back into music and her new album entitled E=MC² had received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. One of her most successful songs on the album was the poignant “Bye Bye,” which Mariah penned for her late father. When it came to filming the music video, the location decided on was the beautiful and private island of Antigua. In addition, the person who had appeared as Mariah’s love interest in the music video was Cannon.


Sneaky Secret

However, Mariah’s plot to film her music video with Cannon in the Bahamas was all a disguise for a bigger plan. Mariah and Nick had been dating for around six weeks before they decided to tie the knot. Due to the high-profile status of Carey, they knew that the event would be a media target and wanted it to be as private as possible, so they devised a plan to ensure the press were oblivious to the situation.


Mrs. Cannon

With the press under the assumption the two were merely filming a music video in Antigua, Mariah and Nick were free to say their vows in private. Prior to their marriage ceremony, the two professed their love and commitment to each other through getting inked. Carey exclaimed, “We got tattoos! His is on one shoulder to the other and it says ‘Mariah.'” She continued in admitting her was “on my lower back and it says ‘Mrs. Cannon.'”

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Wedded Bliss

Mariah and Nick seemed to have met their match. The two were madly in love and constantly gushed about one another when on red carpets. Nick candidly told reporters how he proposed to Mariah, he said “I did it with real ring pops, I had a ring pop wrapper and opened it and was like, ‘Look, baby, our favorite candy!’ She had hers and she was like, ‘Mine is broken.’ She opened it up and it was her real engagement ring. So I’m a romantic guy!”

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Yearly Renewal

Mariah and Nick wanted to celebrate their marriage every single year, so instead of celebrating an anniversary with a dinner or an intimate getaway, the two decided to renew their vows every single year. Nick said, “We get married every year, that’s our thing.” From Paris to Disneyland, the loving couple had elaborate wedding ceremonies for each year that they were married. Mariah and Nick were embracing the married life, but their world was about to be turned upside down.

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Double Trouble

In 2010, Mariah and Nick announced that they were expecting. However, instead of having just the one baby, the couple announced that Mariah was pregnant with twins. Cannon said, “That’s like the only priority in life, when you think about it, is starting and raising a family, we wanna make sure everything is out of the way and that we don’t have any distractions.” On April 30, 2011, Mariah gave birth to Moroccan and Monroe Cannon, and their family was complete.

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Divorce Number Two

In August 2014, after seven years of marriage, Cannon confirmed that the couple had separated and they filed for divorce in December.  Mariah said of the split, “I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced. Like, ‘Oh, great job. Repeat your past.'” Speaking after their divorce was finalized in 2016, Nick insisted they were staying united for the sake of their children, saying “My ex and I are in a great place and are diligently moving things along so we both can continue to be happy.”


Meet The Billionaire

Before Mariah’s divorce was finalized, she wasted no time getting out there to find a new Mr Right. The singer met Australian businessman James Packer in 2014 and they immediately hit it off. Mariah said “We first met in Aspen. A couple years ago we were at the Hercules premiere. We were talking and laughing and people were getting mad at us and stuff like that. So we hit it off.” James and Mariah were both parents and bonded on multiple getaways with their kids.

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Put A Rock On It

After dating for just over a year, Packer proposed to Mariah on January 21st 2016. The billionaire presented Mariah with a stunning 35 carat Wilfredo Rosado ring. They seemed like a match made in heaven but they were forced to spend time apart due to Mariah’s tour and James’ successful business. Although distance makes the heart grow fonder, there were reports coming out of the tour that Mariah had an extra close relationship with one of her dancers, Bryan Tanaka.

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Staying Coy

In 2016, Mariah was asked about her wedding plans on Live! With Kelly but simply said “I can’t really talk about them right now because everything is still being figured out.” Meanwhile, Carey’s flirtation with Tanaka was heating up on tour and their admiration for one another was documented on Mariah’s reality show on the E! network. Carey was filmed expressing her confusion about her engagement and her feeling for Tanaka. However, that July, Mariah and James posed on vacation in their last pictures together.

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Calling It Off

Mariah and James called off their engagement in October, 2016 and the singer spoke to Ellen Degeneres about their split. She simply said “Everything happens for a reason. Things are the way they are.” Mariah played down the split but the media was more interested about her alleged relationship with back up dancer Bryan Tanaka. On The Today Show, when asked if the rumors were true, Mariah replied “I refuse to answer under the grounds that it may incriminate me.”

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Dating The Dancer

The rumors surrounding Mariah and dancer Bryan Tanaka were all but confirmed when the two were seen frolicking on the beach in Maui, Hawaii, on Thanksgiving weekend. Despite Tanaka previously commenting on his admiration for the singer, Mariah wanted to maintain their privacy, learning from her past mistakes. She said of her new relationship,”I just don’t feel comfortable talking about my personal life. … Me and my boyfriend don’t want to do that.” With that, the singer actually ended up accidentally confirming their relationship status.

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Packer Speaks Out

Despite keeping his composure throughout the break up with Mariah, Packer recently went off the record to speak about their failed engagement. The billionaire said “I was at a low point in my personal life. Documenting the negotiations with my sister was taking longer than expected. [Director] Brett Ratner put Mariah and me together. She was kind, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. She is very bright.” Yet he finally added, “But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”

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