Mariah Carey and James Packer's Relationship: A Look Back

From engagement bliss to a war of words, here's a look back at Mariah Carey and James Packer's relationship.

James Packer and Mariah Carey arrives at the 2016 G'Day Los Angeles Gala at Vibiana on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California
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Mariah Carey and James Packer's relationship ended almost as quickly as it began. They were first spotted holding hands in 2015, and by January 2016, the two were engaged. However, in September 2016, when Carey and Packer were vacationing in Greece, things took a turn for the worse; they called off their engagement.

PEOPLE confirmed the couple's split in late October 2016, with sources suggesting Carey and Packer could possibly reunite down the line.

"They are not together right now. They split a couple of weeks ago," a source close to Packer told PEOPLE. "It's possible they will get back together. They are still talking, but James needed a break.

Reps for both Carey and Packer engaged in a battle of he-said, she-said as to why the two broke up, and another source insisted — just 24 hours later — the pop diva and Aussie billionaire "definitely won't be getting back together now."

From engagement bliss to a war of words, here's a look back at Mariah Carey and James Packer's relationship.

July 2014: Mariah Carey and James Packer meet

Big-wig Hollywood producer Brett Ratner played matchmaker of sorts when he invited Carey to the 2014 premiere of action film Hercules: the red carpet shindig is how the pop star and Packer first met.

On The Steve Harvey Show earlier this year, Carey revealed, "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."

June 19, 2015: Mariah Carey and James Packer make their public debut


Carey and the media mogul introduced their love by stepping out in Capri hand-in-hand.

A source told PEOPLE a few days later that the duo are "enjoying spending time with each other."

The singer's twins with ex Nick Cannon, Monroe and Moroccan, now 5½, were along for the special Mediterranean trek, as well as Packer's own three young children. Later, the whole group traveled to Portofino, Italy, and Israel.

According to a Packer source, the "brand new" relationship was "bubbling for a couple of months."

June 26, 2015: Mariah Carey and James Packer were spotted kissing in Portofino, Italy

After making their public debut in Capri, Carey and Packer were spotted again in Italy, holding hands and kissing in Portofino.

A few days later, the couple embarked on a Mediterranean cruise, and Carey took an unfortunate tumble stepping off Packer's yacht. She was helped to her feet by a yacht crew member.

July 22, 2015: Mariah Carey dedicates performance to James Packer

Life imitating art: Carey chose to dedicate one of her most emotional hits, "Hero," to her new beau while performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in July.

"I've got a new heart," Carey told her Las Vegas residency audience. "James is in the house."

September 21, 2015: Mariah Carey and James Packer make their red carpet debut

Mariah Carey and James Packer attend "The Intern" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City
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The pair made it red carpet official at The Intern premiere in New York City, walking in front of the cameras with the media mogul's hand cradling Carey's back.

In the months that followed, Carey wasn't shy about sharing the spotlight with Packer: she held his hand at the grand opening of his new Studio City resort in Macau, China, last October.

October 27, 2015: Mariah Carey performs at the opening of James Packer's casino resort in China

James Packer, co-chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd., right, and singer Mariah Carey stand for photographs at the red carpet event prior to the opening ceremony of Studio City casino resort
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At the opening of Packer's new $3.2 billion Hollywood-themed Studio City resort in Macau, China, Carey made it a grand affair by performing her hit song "Hero" to commemorate the opening ceremony. The couple also appeared hand-in-hand on the event's red carpet.

December 2, 2015: Mariah Carey's ex approves of James Packer

As Carey and Packer made headlines, her ex Cannon noticed — and gave the pair a thumbs up.

Cannon told Howard Stern in December that it was "awesome" she'd found Packer, adding, "As long as she's happy and my children are happy, I'm happy. We hang out all the time."

The former couple are known to get together for the sake of their children, and spent Thanksgiving as a family of four that year. Cannon even told Stern that he "wanted" Packer to be there, even though the latter had skipped out.

"What's most important is they're doing it right when it comes to their kids," a source tells PEOPLE. "What star couple do you know that still spends every holiday together? It's all about 'dem babies."

December 22, 2015: Mariah Carey and James Packer spend their first holiday together in Colorado

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The couple marked a new milestone in Aspen, Colorado, last Christmas: their first holiday season as a unit.

Monroe and Moroccan were on hand, once again, for the special trip — filled with Christmas jammies and gold one-pieces — which Carey documented through social media.

In the midst of bonding with her children, Carey made time to create new memories with Packer in the same town where they met.

January 21, 2016: Mariah Carey and James Packer are engaged

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Not long after their winter wonderland getaway, Packer and Carey made it official. The businessman proposed in her hometown of New York City on Jan. 21, giving Carey a massive 35 carat Wilfredo Rosado-designed ring.

The marriage would have been Carey's third (she was also wed to music executive Tommy Mottola, in addition to Cannon), and Packer's second — he shares his children with ex Erica Baxter.

Shortly after the engagement, a Carey friend told PEOPLE Packer "is powerful and successful and that is attractive to her. Mariah is someone who likes to be taken care of."

"It's a match made in heaven because he's unafraid of an alpha woman," added an insider. "He's an alpha male."

January 28, 2016: Mariah Carey and James Parker make their first public appearance after getting engaged

One week after getting engaged, Carey showed off her massive 35-carat engagement ring from Packer when the couple attended the G'Day USA Gala. It was their first public appearance as an engaged couple.

April 16, 2016: Mariah Carey and James Packer keep the romance alive on the road


While Carey jetted around Europe for her "Sweet Sweet Fantasy" tour, Packer was never far from her heart. At one point, he even made a sweet "#surprise visit" to Milan, where the diva was gearing up for her performance at the Mediolanum Forum.

May 30, 2016: Mariah Carey teases her and James Packer's wedding

Carey was quick to start wedding planning — but wouldn't reveal much about the likely lavish nuptials.

The pop diva told Kelly Ripa and Empire's Jussie Smollett on Live! with Kelly in May that she had "some things in the works" for the event.

"I can't really talk about them right now because everything is still being figured out," she teased, adding, "I never said it was gonna be a big wedding."

July 2016: Mariah Carey and James Packer set sail in the French Riviera

The couple returned to the sea for some summer fun in July, boarding Packer's luxury yacht to cruise the French Riviera.

July 3, 2016: Mariah Carey shares a date night photo with James Packer

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Carey shared a photo on Instagram of her and Packer smiling aboard his yacht. Packer kept it casual in a T-shirt, and Carey wore a cleavage-baring LBD and fishnet stockings.

She captioned the photo of the two, "Pon de boat."

September 23, 2016: Mariah Carey and James Packer leave Greece in a fight

Packer and Carey were last photographed together in Mykonos, Greece, in late September — the site of their relationship breakdown and breakup.

A rep for Carey confirmed to PEOPLE that the pair's Greece vacation took a turn for the worse. His rep further told Entertainment Tonight in a statement, "Mariah and James had a fight in Greece, and have not seen each other since. The fight was not because of any cheating allegations or excessive spending by Mariah."

October 22, 2016: Mariah Carey reunites with her ex amid troubles with James Packer

Cannon returned to Carey's life, once again, over the weekend for her Halloween bash. The 36-year-old and his son dressed as the Super Mario Brothers, while Carey dressed as a devil and Monroe as Rapunzel from Disney's 2010 film Tangled.

The whole gang posed together for a photo — but Packer was nowhere in sight.

October 27, 2016: PEOPLE confirms split between Mariah Carey and James Packer

On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Carey and Packer had been broken up for a month, but a source close to the latter suggested that a reunion was not out of the question, revealing, "James needed a break."

After the news, Carey stepped out with her friends at Nobu in Malibu, still wearing her $10 million ring.

According to a source, the singer "was with a group of friends. She had fun and sipped champagne. She was very dressed up, wore her engagement ring and seemed in a great mood. She wanted to show James that she isn't sitting at home crying. She doesn't seem too concerned."

October 28, 2016: Reps for Mariah Carey and James Packer go back and forth

Accusations flew from both parties over a 24-hour span, with a source close to Carey telling PEOPLE that the split was directly related to the mogul's mental health.

"James has not been in a mentally healthy place," the source said. "His behavior was not a desirable situation for Mariah so she unfortunately had to leave him."

A source on the Packer side refuted the allegations, however, telling PEOPLE that it's "typical Mariah to just twist things that don't sound good to her. They split because she has issues. James is definitely an oddball, but a brilliant great guy. To put her issues on James is ridiculous."

"James is very private, and doesn't need the media to be successful," the Packer source said. "He doesn't want to be a part of Mariah's reality show."

November 23, 2016: Mariah Carey discusses her split from James Packer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Carey discussed her recent breakup with Packer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2016 while promoting her new E! docu-series Mariah's World. According to the singer, Packer "allegedly" did not want to be in the docu-series. However, their relationship was still captured on-screen. "Now it's a whole friggin' thing," she said.

When asked how she was feeling mentally, Carey replied, "I think I'm doing well." She continued, "Everything happens for a reason. Things are the way they are. It's kind of difficult to talk about it at the moment. So I'm just going to compliment you on these decorations once again because they are fabulous, and I'm here."

October 2017: James Packer comments on his relationship with Mariah Carey in an interview

In an interview with The Australian, Packer opened up about his relationship with Carey nearly one year after their split. "I was at a low point in my personal life," Packer revealed. "She was kind, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me."

2017: Mariah Carey and James Packer reach a settlement

In November 2017, The Blast reported that Carey and Packer had reached a settlement earlier in the year. According to the outlet, Carey received $5–$10 million dollars, including the 35-carat diamond engagement ring Packer gave her. Carey reportedly originally wanted $50 million for moving out to L.A. to be with Packer while they were together.

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