Celebrity Mariah Carey and James Packer Are Engaged! Mariah Carey and James Packer are engaged, PEOPLE can confirm By Melody Chiu Melody Chiu Instagram Twitter Melody Chiu is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2009, editing, writing and reporting across all entertainment verticals. She oversees PEOPLE's music and events coverage and has written cover stories on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Blake Shelton and Sandra Oh. The Los Angeles native graduated from the University of Southern California and has appeared on Extra!, The Talk, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 21, 2016 10:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty Congratulations are in order – Mariah Carey and James Packer are engaged! The proposal took place in her hometown of New York City on Thursday evening, PEOPLE has learned. Carey and Packer – an Australian businessman – first met at the Hercules premiere “a few years ago”, she told Steve Harvey last year. They made their red carpet debut in September last year at The Intern premiere in New York City after being photographed getting cozy while on an Italian vacation in June. Shortly before Christmas, the couple headed to Aspen, Colorado with the singer’s 4-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with ex-husband Nick Cannon. This will be the third marriage for Carey, who was also previously married to music executive Tommy Mottola. Packer has three young children with his ex-wife Erica Baxter. E! News was first to report the engagement.