Australian businessman James Packer dated US superstar
And the billionaire has spoken candidly about the couple’s failed relationship in the new biography
The 51-year-old says he became ‘toxic’ at the time of their split, according to an excerpt published by
‘I had become toxic’: Billionaire James Packer speaks candidly about his broken engagement to Mariah Carey… after reports he paid the singer a $70million ‘inconvenience fee’ after split. Pictured in New York City in May 2016
‘By the time the Israel so-called Case 1000 had become public, the China arrests and Crown’s sale of Macau had occurred and the breakup with Mariah had happened, I had become toxic,’ he says in the book.
James goes on to deny leaking details of Mariah’s settlement after the pair’s failed engagement.
‘I had absolutely nothing to do with the story,’ he is quoted as saying in the upcoming biography.
Over: The billionaire speaks about the couple’s failed relationship in the new biography The Price Of Fortune: The Untold Story Of Being James Packer. The 51-year-old says he became ‘toxic’ at the time of their split. Pictured in Italy in June 2015
Mariah reportedly received a USD$50million (AUD $70million) ‘inconvenience fee’ after the breakup, with
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Mariah Carey for comment.
In another excerpt from the tome published by
Fake news! James goes on to deny leaking details of Mariah’s settlement after the pair’s failed engagement. ‘I had absolutely nothing to do with the story,’ he is quoted as saying in the upcoming biography
More? Mariah reportedly received a USD$50million ‘inconvenience fee’ after the breakup, with The Daily Telegraph reporting she was initially ‘poised to accept $7 million to walk away’ before allegedly upping the sum
He also described his former fiancée as ‘insanely bright’.
However, the casino mogul – who was later admitted to a rehabilitation centre in March 2018 – confessed he was struggling with his mental health in the midst of their relationship.
In February 2016, just a month after he proposed to Mariah with a USD$10million (AUD$12.7million) 35-carat diamond ring, he was apparently not coping well.
‘I was in a bad, bad way,’ James said, reflecting on that dark period of his life.
Eventually, the toll became too much and the relationship collapsed, with James and Mariah abruptly calling it quits in October 2016.
Following their split Mariah reportedly sold the engagement ring her ex-fiancé gave her in early 2016 for a fraction of the price.
According to the New York Post, a source claimed that one of Mariah’s business managers ‘quietly’ sold the ring to an LA jeweller for $2.78million (US$2.1million).
Difficult: ‘I was in a bad, bad way,’ James said, reflecting on the dark period of his life around the time he split from Mariah
The singer’s publicist told Page Six at the time: ‘Mariah has been very vocal recently about her choice to move forward in her life surrounded by positivity.’
‘That requires leaving emotional and material baggage behind, including an old engagement ring from an ex-boyfriend,’ they concluded.
An insider added that ‘a confidentiality agreement was signed’, meaning that full details of the engagement ring’s sale may never be confirmed.
‘Mariah Carey’s public relations people are desperately trying to keep the story from the press, and have threatened the jeweller with litigation if he discloses her name,’ they said.
The New York Post also quoted a source ‘in Carey’s camp’ who disputed the ring’s alleged $13.2million price tag.
They also insisted that Mariah, 48, was not selling the ring because she is experiencing financial difficulties, highlighting her ‘multiple homes’, extensive music catalogue and ‘successful tours and residencies’.
Mariah got engaged to James, an Australian billionaire and casino mogul, in January 2016 after a whirlwind romance of less than a year.
James, 50, proposed with a 35-carat diamond ring, according to E! News, which first reported on the couple’s surprise engagement.
In October 2016, it emerged they had separated amid rumours that twice-married James had ‘reservations’ about Mariah’s reality TV career.
Later, he told The Australian newspaper that their short-lived relationship was a ‘mistake’ for both of them.
In March, James resigned as director of Crown Resorts, citing mental health issues.
Meanwhile, after their breakup, Mariah began dating her younger backing dancer, 35-year-old Bryan Tanaka.
The Price of Fortune, The Untold Story of Being James Packer by Damon Kitney is available from October 22
At first: James explained that his relationship with Mariah was ‘fun to begin with’, describing his former fiancée as ‘insanely bright’. Pictured together in Los Angeles in May 2016