Mariah Carey Says She Didn't have a "Physical Relationship" With Ex-Fiancé James Packer
Mariah Carey fans may notice a glaring omission from her newly released memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. Through the tome's 368 pages (11 hours and 17 minutes for anyone who opts for Carey's audiobook), there's no mention of her ex-fiancé, James Packer. In an interview with The Guardian, Carey explained that the book chronicles all the things that mattered, adding that the relationship wasn't physical at all.
"If it was a relationship that mattered, it's in the book. If not, it didn't occur,” she said, adding: "We didn't have a physical relationship, to be honest with you."
The two met at a movie premiere in 2014. The two made things official in 2015 and were engaged in 2016. Throughout the relationship, the two were photographed holding hands, but Carey's latest comments make it clear that things didn't seem to go beyond that. The two announced their separation in October 2016.
Parker has spoken about his time with the superstar chanteuse, too. Back in 2017, he said that while they were together, he was at a "low point" in his life and had very positive things to say about her, even though things didn't work out.
"I was at a low point in my personal life," Packer told The Australian. "She was kind, exciting, and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me."
Though the book doesn't mention Packer, it does dedicate page after page to Carey's time with her first husband, Tommy Mottola, comparing him to a controlling "father figure;" and her second husband, Nick Cannon. Her sentiments towards Mottola echo an interview she gave Cosmopolitan last year.
"There was no freedom for me as a human being," she said. "You might want to picture a child bride. There was a conscious effort to keep me as this all-American — whatever that means — girl. There was no freedom for me as a human being. It was almost like being a prisoner."