Mariah Carey & James Packer are both still married to other people, of course


James Packer proposed to Mariah Carey last week. I enjoy the fact that they didn’t play games about releasing the information – like, an hour after he proposed, Mariah and James were strutting The Ring around in front of the paparazzi. As for the ring… it’s HUGE. Like, Elizabeth Taylor would find it gaudy, that’s how big it is. It’s 35 carats. For perspective, when Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor, he bought her the Krupp diamond… which is 33 carats. More comparing-and-contrasting: Jennifer Aniston’s cloudy, fug quartz-looking ring is 10 carats. Kim Kardashian’s huge, beautiful diamond is 15 carats. Beyonce’s diamond is 18 carats. So… Mariah has them all beat.

Mariah’s ring was designed by her friend Wilfredo Rosado, who worked non-stop with “an army of craftsmen” for two weeks to create the ring. Rosado spoke to Vogue about the ring – you can read the Vogue piece here. And here’s a look at the actual ring:

Would you bang a billionaire for that? I have no problem saying that I would. I love huge rings.

As for the engagement… yes, it’s probably going to be a long one. Mariah’s divorce is far from finalized. And James Packer is still married too.

Newly engaged couple Mariah Carey and James Packer have a teeny tiny issue — they’re both married to other people. TMZ has learned, Mariah is still not divorced from Nick Cannon. Our Mariah/Nick sources say they have still not fully settled their financial issues, despite the fact there was a very specific prenup.

TMZ broke the story back in August, Mariah felt Nick was dragging his feet to gain leverage in the money department. We got video of her with her lawyers during a Malibu dinner meeting, where they were trying to find some pressure points they could use to make Nick sign off. We’re told Mariah and Nick are now getting along, and they’re in the process of resolving the remaining issues so they can finalize the divorce.

As for James, we’ve learned he’s still married to Erica Packer. They separated in 2013 and she’s moved on as well … she’s dating Seal. But we’re told the laws in Australia have slowed the divorce process way down.

[From TMZ]

I believe (yell at me if I’m wrong) that James and Erica Packer were off-and-on for several years before they finally called it quits for good, right? Like, he left her, then they got back together, then she, like, got pregnant again? And then they split up after the baby was born? Something like that. Packer is quite the scandalous, tabloid-friendly billionaire in Australia, so the American media has some catching up to do if we’re going to make sure he’s right for Madame Butterfly.


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  1. kri says:

    I came home from work last night. One of the new cats had thrown up a Butterfinger wrapper and parts of my flower arrangement. There was fur everywhere because they got into an apartment fight, going from room to room. And I stepped on a turd. This marriage is STILL going to be less messy than last night. Although it will certainly me more jewel-encrusted.

  2. Kate says:

    I can’t say I remember him and Erica being on/off, not during their marriage anyway.

    • SydneySnider says:

      Kate, I don’t remember that, either. In any case, what’s the holdup with the Packer’s divorce? In Australia, a couple only has to show proof of being separated for 12 months in their application for divorce. They can even still be living in the same house, although not as “man and wife”. A fee of less than $1000 is paid on application. Once the application is processed, a “decree nisi” is issued, and 30 days later the “decree absolute” is issued. It’s as simple as that. Child custody arrangements and property settlement are separate issues, and can be sorted out before, during and/or after the divorce.

  3. funcakes says:

    They are both a hot mess. If they make it down the isle, I give the nuclear waste of personalities one year.

  4. funcakes says:

    Dear LeAnn rimes
    THIS is what a diamond look like. Is doesn’t have to be humongous, but this is what it resembles.

  5. Skins says:

    I’m sure she would still marry him if he wasn’t a billionaire

  6. Lama Bean says:

    They are kind of made for each other. He’s dotes on her and (possibly) treats her as a fragile doll in the same way Kanye is with Kim. She loves to be treated like a fragile little butterfly and showered with adoration and affection (not to mention lots of expensive gifts).

  7. LAK says:

    I would for the jewellery. Shallow, but there it is.

  8. NeoCleo says:

    It looks like a cocktail ring.

    • ladysussex says:

      and how did it take “an army of craftsman” two weeks to make a center stone with simple side baguettes??? Lol

  9. Renae says says:

    That is truly a rock! I think it’s too big, if that’s possible. As the old saying goes, if you’ve got it flaunt it. Furs, diamonds and all! I bet Kim saw Mariah’s ring and spit on Kanye.

    • SydneySnider says:

      I just don’t see how it won’t be a hindrance when she does the washing-up, laundry, cleaning out the kitty litter….

      • antipodean says:

        Ha, ha, SydneySnider, you and I are on the same page. My first thought was “how on earth would I get my Marigolds over that thing so I could give the bogs a good scrubbing, not to mention doing the dishes”? But I guess I am just a pleb, and don’t have rich people problems!

  10. laura says:

    It kinda makes me rage that people have that kind of money to spend on a RING. Maybe I’m looking into it waaaaay too much but just think of all the good that money could do. I just think its crazy – or maybe I’m jealous…. Still, I’m sure Mariah won’t worry her sparkly little head about such things.

  11. OhDear says:

    I thought he and some other rich person once got into a fistfight over Miranda Kerr? This might be a hot mess of a relationship, but IMO Carey’s a big step up from Kerr.

    *prepares batch of popcorn*

    • SydneySnider says:

      Yes, he got into a punch-up with his best mate, David Gyngell on the street outside his palatial home in Bondi. The speculation was that it was over MK, but nothing was ever confirmed and the story died down fairly quickly.

  12. Mrs Dragon says:

    It’s insane how much celebrities like to flaunt the size and the prize of rings.
    Bu in perspective the ring is moderately prized for him! His net worth is 4.5 billion$ (as per google :P) and assuming one buys the best ring one can afford for someone they “”love”” then yeah its a suitable ring. Too bad Mariah (a fabulous singer though she is) makes everything look trashy and hello-kitty-ish!

    • SydneySnider says:

      She really does, doesn’t she, Mrs Dragon? I think it’s gaudy and old-fashioned-looking, making it seem fake, although of course it isn’t. I don’t like it at all, but then, I’m not really into jewellery. I agree with whoever said it upthread: they deserve each other – not that this comment is meant maliciously. Eh, good luck to them.

      • Mrs Dragon says:

        I dont like it either 🙂 old fashioned can be good but this ring, in this picture atleast, looks gaudy.

        And I just realized I misspelt ‘price’ twice in my post and called it ‘priZe’ 🙁 the ring though is probaly a priZe for Mariah 😐

  13. suzanne says:

    He looks like an orge and I’m sure Mariah doesn’t even care…she wants to be the pretty one in the duo, anyway…CONGRATS to the happy couple!! May their lifetime…er, three years together be filled with joy!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Carol says:

    Maybe I don’t understand, but why would it take two weeks of working “non-stop” to design that ring? It’s a rock on a band. What exactly was so difficult about that?

    • BunnyBabe says:

      I’d imagine part of it was the logistics of getting that huge diamond to stay put on the band while the setting still looks dainty and beautiful. It’s not like it’s superglued on there and you really don’t want it to fall off.💍✨

  15. clarencebeeks says:

    I will never understand people who cannot be alone.

    Yes, if you are still married and get engaged to someone else – you cannot be alone. Kind of pathetic.

    • Kat says:

      Hardly. They’ve been separated for almost two years. If she really wanted to get divorced she could go to the Dominican Republic where you can obtain divorce in a matter of hours. That’s what she did when she separated from Tommy. This time she’s doing it in the U.S. where they often take a couple years to get finalized.

  16. racer says:

    I actually like them together. She seems happy and pampered and he adores her. Rumor has it he’s always held a flame for MiMi and the timing finally worked. The ring is lovely and he obviously felt she was worth it.

  17. holly hobby says:

    If I remember correctly, Tommy (married to Katie at the time) was recruiting James Packer really hard around the time he married his first wife. I guess Packer didn’t fall for the phoney baloney religion.

    • Tiffany says:

      It was James’ late father that Tom was perusing. At his funeral ( which Tom dragged a 8 months pregnant Katie to) was when Tom was going after James. James humored his and the shut it down.

  18. L says:

    Once again we learn that money can buy a lot of things, but it cannot buy you class.

  19. Michelle says:

    You would think with all that money he has, he would have gotten those ears of his pinned back. It would do him a world of good in the looks department.

  20. Emily C. says:

    It looks like it came out of a gumball machine. I’m not proud, I’d bang a billionaire for money, but he’d have to be one with taste. Also, I’d feel incredible guilt for spending that much money on a bauble, especially such an ugly one. Blech.