Mariah Carey certainly knows how to ring in the new year! The pop star, who is no stranger to wearing large diamonds, was spotted wearing a rumor mill-sparking sparkler after recently arriving in Melbourne. Could the singer's billionaire boyfriend, James Packer, have gifted the pop star with an engagement ring?
Carey was in town for her sold-out New Year's Eve party at Crown Casino's Crowd Palladium when The Sydney Morning Herald posted local footage of the singer and her love holding hands — and what's on one of her hands is a very shiny ring on that oh-so-telling finger. So, natch, rumors have been swirling. The star is known for her world-class bling, but could these two lovebirds finally be tying the knot?
Although, when the "We Belong Together" vocalist finally took the stage to perform at Crown Palladium, it was clear that the mystery band was just her opulent butterfly ring, but we can't help but wonder if the couple is considering marriage. The engagement rumors first started when Carey's Aussie billionaire beau (A.K.A. the fourth richest man in Australia...NBD) swept Carey off her feet in an Italian romantic getaway in Capri back in June.
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The budding relationship took off when a source spilled the love beans about Packer's feelings towards his new girlfriend to TMZ. "He's already told her he wants to marry her, sooner rather than later." The gossip site also reported that the Aussie doesn't want to officially put a ring on it until Carey has finalized her divorce from ex-husband, Nick Cannon.
Other sources have also been finding it hard to keep tight lipped about the couple's budding romance, with a source telling E! News that the pop diva had officially moved in with her very wealthy beau. The insider also touched on the fact that "they are very much in love" and that "they have been speaking about marriage as well."
Their six-month relationship started after Packer attended Carey's concert in Las Vegas, after spending months trying to meet, and possibly, date her. Carey's video director friend, Brett Ratner, eventually set up the twosome, giving them plenty of time to spend their free weekends cuddled up together on Packer's yacht ever since. Packer even threw a party for his new girlfriend off the coast of Sardinia blasting only Carey's renowned hits.