Things are heating up between Mariah Carey and her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka -- both on and off the stage.

By Char Adams
December 06, 2016 09:10 AM
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Things are heating up between Mariah Carey and her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka – both on and off the stage.

During the opening show of Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You tour on Monday at New York City’s Beacon Theater, the chemistry was clear as the love birds danced alongside each other.

In photos from one of the numbers, the singer often held Tanaka’s hand. And one photo showed the pair gazing at each other as they performed.

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Romance rumors have swirled in recent months, as Carey and Tanaka have been spotted out on date nights in Los Angeles. The dancer also appears in Carey’s new reality series, Mariah’s World, which premiered on Sunday.

Following the show’s premiere, the duo further fueled the romance rumors at a viewing party for the show at Catch restaurant in New York City’s Meatpacking District. They looked like ever the love birds as they posed for photos at the event.

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“I’ve always had a thing for Mariah. I love her so much,” Tanaka told E! News. “Just make sure you tune in to the show and you’ll see kind of how everything happens.”

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The night out followed a Thanksgiving weekend getaway to Hawaii where Tanaka and Carey were spotted kissing.

The new romance comes on the heels of Carey’s split from her Australian businessman James Packer. The pair broke off their engagement in October.