"I haven't talked to them about it completely because they are so young," the singer says of her engagement to billionaire James Packer

By Nick Maslow
Updated December 01, 2020 10:57 PM
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Mariah Carey‘s 35-carat engagement ring from James Packer is hard not to notice – but her children might not yet grasp the rock’s significance.

“I haven’t talked to them about it completely because they are so young, so they don’t really understand things yet,” Carey told E! News of her wedding plans while gearing up to launch her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour in Europe next month. “So you have to go slowly and explain things and always make sure they know that this is only going to be good for them.”

Although Carey and her 4½-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan are set to move into a luxury home outside L.A. with the Australian billionaire, the singer insists “their lives are not going to change.”

Carey went on to explain the importance of Monroe and Moroccan’s connection with their dad, Carey’s ex Nick Cannon, telling E!, “For me, as long as we are together and they have a great relationship with their dad, then that’s great. It’s good. And they are great.”

Both Carey and Cannon – who congratulated the diva and businessman on their exciting development last month – are working at making the transition as smooth as possible.

“I think we are trying our best. I really do,” she shared. “I know I am trying my best and I think he is too. I know they love being with him and it’s nice and I will always say positive things about him to the kids.”

Carey joked about the potential perks of their new family dynamic, telling E!, “Between Nick and what he does for them and then what I do for them, I just think please don’t let these kids be spoiled. I have to reel it in.”

Monroe and Moroccan can also rely on Packer, who has three children with his second wife, Erica Baxter. As a source explained to PEOPLE last month, “It’s obvious that [James] cares about Mariah’s kids.”