Mariah Carey and James Packer are engaged! A rep confirms the news, saying in a statement, “The happy couple did get engaged this evening.”
The Australian billionaire proposed to the superstar at a private dinner with friends and family in New York City on Thursday. The engagement comes after less than a year of dating. Packer reportedly popped the question with a diamond ring featuring a whopping 35 carats.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Carey and Packer were set up last spring by their mutual friend, Brett Ratner, who is one of the mogul’s business partners.
They confirmed the romance by showing PDA in public throughout June, and went on to take trips around the world together in his yacht. In July, Carey dedicated “Hero” to Packer during one of her Las Vegas residency concerts, and in August, Gossip Cop debunked a made-up pregnancy rumor spread by outlets like HollywoodLife.
This would be Carey’s third marriage, following unions with Tommy Mottola and Nick Cannon, who is the father of her 4-year-old twins. Technically, she and Cannon are still wed, as their divorce has not yet been finalized. That would certainly put a hitch in wedding plans with Packer.
Packer, who has also been married twice before, has three children aged 7 and younger. The news of the engagement comes just a few days after Gossip Cop busted a false National Enquirer story that wrongly claimed he had proposed back in December and had ordered Carey to stop fighting with Cannon or he would not marry her. Clearly, the engagement just happened, and all is well between the future spouses!