Mariah Carey and billionaire James Packer are engaged after a whirlwind romance.
Representatives for the 45-year-old singer confirmed the news to Daily Mail Australia saying: ‘Yes, the couple were engaged tonight in New York.’
The musician flashed her new, diamond engagement rock, which has an estimated value of $7.5 million USD, on Thursday after the 47-year-old casino billionaire got down on one knee that evening, following less than a year of dating.
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Fairytale of New York: Mariah Carey and James Packer, seen here leaving Eleven Madison Park, got engaged on Thursday evening after the Australian businessman popped the question in New York
Pictured: The musician flashed her diamond engagement rock almost straight away
Mariah couldn’t hide her delight as she arrived at their engagement party at 11 Madison Park that night with a huge smile on her face and an even bigger rock on her left hand.
British Fine Jeweller, David Marshall of David Marshall London told MailOnline on Friday that the ring could be worth as much as $7.5M.
Marshall explained: ‘The stone appears to be an Emerald cut and if it is a D Flawless (the highest colour grading and without flaws) it will be in the region of $5M just for the stone at cost price.
‘I would say that the retail value of the ring could be in the region of $7.5M’
A second expert confirmed that the ring would be in excess of a million dollars.
David Allen, Creative Director 77Diamonds, had this to say: ‘This emerald cut diamond engagement ring looks to be around 30 carats and given Mariah’s penchant for perfection it will no doubt be of the top colour and clarity quality.
‘Something like this would be valued in excess of $1.7M’
Speaking to E! News, a source described ‘the most breathtaking engagement ring’.
The gossip site reports that Mariah’s new diamond bling ‘comes in at around 35 carats’ and it is believed that no wedding date has been set just yet.
TMZ claims that James organised a private dinner at Eleven Madison Park in New York with a group of Mariah’s closest friends so the special moment could take place ‘in front of the most special people in her life.’
The news follows the gushing declaration that Mariah made about her now fiancé on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne.
Revealing her feelings at a concert in her beau’s casino, Sydney Morning Herald claims she told the crowd: ‘Spectacular, handsome…
‘I don’t even have words for the man who introduced me tonight. We’ll just say the amazing Mr. James Packer.’
Speaking on The Steve Harvey Show in November 2015, Mariah revealed when the romance began saying: ‘We first met in Aspen [Colorado]. 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.’
In June last year Mariah and Packer were first spotted holding hands on the Italian island of Capri in what was their first public outing as a couple
I’m engaged! She couldn’t hide her delight as she flashed the rock on the way out of the restaurant
Glowing: The blonde couldn’t stop smiling following the romantic proposal
Excitable: Mariah was sparkling in a glittering dress to match the oversized rock
Impressive: The star had her nails manicured perfectly, ready to show off the rock
Dazzling: It’s yet to be confirmed how much the star’s ring is worth
Holding hands: The duo emerged holding hands, Mariah’s hand placed strategically on top
Big rock: She used her left hand to subtly navigate her way out of the vehicle
She said yes! The duo have been virtually inseparable since going public with the romance last year
The pair seemed relaxed in one another’s company, prompting speculation they had been dating for some months before taking the trip.
They were joined by Mariah’s four-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, with the gang venturing on to Portofino from Capri.
After hitting it off in Capri and Portofino, Packer sailed Mariah and her children on to the South of France.
The group spent time in Antibes, where the casino mogul married his second wife Erica in 2007, before moving on to Cannes.
Happy couple: It will be the musician’s second shot at newly-wedded happiness
Glowing: Mariah could not stop smiling, making strides to their engagement party at 11 Madison Park
Cute duo: The happy couple arrived with arms draped around each other
Loved-up: Representatives for the singer confirmed the news to Daily Mail Australia saying, ‘Yes, the couple were engaged tonight in New York’
Sun-soaked vacation: The couple pictured as they prepared to go jet skiing in the ocean off St. Barts on January 11
Cooler climes: Before heading Down Under and on to the Caribbean, Mariah and the twins spent Christmas in Aspen, Colorado, where they were joined by the kids’ dad and Mariah’s ex-husband Nick Cannon
It’s official: Mariah and the Australian mogul were first pictured together on June 19 in Capri
Going public: The pair made their debut as hey sailed around Portofino and Capri on board his yacht
Classy couple: The pair enjoyed time in Italy before sailing on to Antibes in the South of France (above)
Party time: The pair were later seen in Ibiza, with Mariah flaunting her figure in an array of colourful swimsuits
James and Mariah’s gap year: The couple have spent over 56 days on holiday since they began their romance
Once there they were seen flitting between glamorous boutiques and enjoying time on board Packer’s yacht, Arctic P.
After making their debut as a couple in spectacular style in Italy, Packer and his squeeze journeyed on to Israel, where Mariah performed her very first gig.
The crooner reportedly banked a cool half a million dollars having sold tickets at $65 a pop.
At the time it was claimed the pair planned to meet a spiritual leader in a ‘pre-engagement’ meeting, but it is not known whether such an encounter took place.
Red carpet duties: After sailing around Europe in summer, the pair flew to New York to attend the premiere of The Intern in September
Off the cuff: Speaking a month later to Entertainment Tonight about the public outing, Mariah said it wasn’t a conscious decision to confirm their romance at the event
Fine dining: Mariah and James pictured after they enjoyed a date night at Nobu in Midtown New York on September 24
A TIMELINE OF MARIAH AND JAMES’S WHIRLWIND ROMANCE
JULY 2014: The pair reportedly first met at the premiere of Hercules in Aspen and immediately ‘hit it off’. She later told US chat show host Steve Harvey: ‘We were talking and laughing and people were getting mad at us.’
JUNE 2015: The couple went public after being photographed together on holiday on the Italian island of Capri. They made no attempt to hide their feelings for each other, openly kissing in front of paparazzi
JUNE /JULY 2015: James and Mariah enjoyed a marathon series of exotic holidays together – sailing to the South of France before spending time in the Mediterranean resort town of Antibes, then moving on to Cannes. There, they were seen flitting between glamorous boutiques and enjoying time on board Packer’s yacht, Arctic P. A trip to Israel shortly followed.
AUGUST 2015: The pair were spotted looking happy and relaxed in one another’s company in Ibiza for yet another family trip, which included James’s children from his marriage to second wife Erica.
SEPTEMBER 2015: They returned to Italy together to enjoy more fun in the sun. Mariah and James also made their red carpet debut together at the premier of The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.
OCTOBER 2015: The couple travelled to Macau for the launch of James’s casino, Studio City. Mariah performed at the official launch of the complex – marking the couple’s EIGHTH trip together after just three months of dating.
NOVEMBER 2015: Maria showed off a $500,000 diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels – a gift from billionaire James – during a US television interview.
DECEMBER 2015: They met in New York for a family holiday, joined by Mariah’s children, before returning to Aspen to celebrate Christmas in the snow. They subsequently flew to James’ native Australia in a private jet to ring in the New Year.
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2015: Mariah gushed about her relationship with James during a concert at his Melbourne Crown casino, saying: ‘Spectacular, handsome… I don’t even have words for the man who introduced me tonight. We’ll just say the amazing Mr James Packer.’
JANUARY 2016: James, Mariah and her kids jet to Sydney to relax at his estate in the Hunter Valley, before flying to Antigua with her children to enjoy the Caribbean tropics.
21 JANUARY 2016: Representatives confirm Mariah and James were ‘engaged tonight in New York’
In August, after she had wrapped up a residency in Las Vegas, it was clear Mariah and Packer were keen to let their hair down.
The natural choice was Ibiza where they were seen looking happy and relaxed in one another’s company in their third month of public dating.
Unlike other party goers the pair were again joined by Mariah’s twins and James’s children from his marriage to his second wife Erica.
They returned to the holiday destination the following month. In September the loved-up duo returned to Italy to enjoy more fun in the sun on board Arctic P.
Later that month Packer joined Mariah on the red carpet at what was their first official appearance together.
The pair were among guests at the premiere of Robert De Niro’s film, The Intern, with Packer putting on an uncomfortable display as he walked the red carpet with his superstar girlfriend.
Speaking a month later to Entertainment Tonight about the public outing, Mariah said it wasn’t a conscious decision to confirm their romance at the event.
‘I don’t think either one of us thought, ‘Here we are, making a debut,” she said. ‘He’s not that guy. It was a lot for him.’
‘I just automatically pose. I can’t help it!’
Mariah had already gushed over James after receiving a $500,000 heart-shaped diamond pendant from the businessman which she wore at a concert in Las Vegas.
She joked to Steve Harvey: ‘Oh, this old thing? This is a Van Cleef [& Arpels] piece that my new beau got for me recently.’
In October the pair travelled to Macau for the launch of Packer’s casino, Studio City.
Mariah sang at the official launch of the complex which also drew stars De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio for its opening.
Mariah and Packer then embarked on an extraordinary marathon holiday together in December.
Meeting up in New York, the pair spent a short amount of time together there before jetting to Aspen to celebrate Christmas in the snow.
They were joined as always by her children and her former husband Nick Cannon, with the group playing happy families over the festive period.
December 31st was spent at Packer’s Crown casino in Melbourne before the group jetted to New South Wales to enjoy time in Sydney and at his estate in the Hunter Valley.
After their time in Australia Mariah and Packer flew to Antigua with her children to enjoy the Caribbean tropics.
They followed the trip with a visit to St Barts where they enjoyed a romantic fireworks display on the beach, with Mariah sharing photographs of the occasion on social media.
The happy couple are now in New York together and have not yet been seen since confirming their happy news.
Mariah will be returning to Las Vegas in February to begin the third leg of her residency at Caesars Palace.
The busy singer will then head off on a world tour and her billionaire beau is expected to join her for most of the dates.
She split with her husband Nick Cannon in 2014 after their marriage broke down, and was previously married to music mogul Tommy Mottola from 1993-1998.
It will be Mr Packer’s third wedding, having previously been married to swimsuit model Jodhi Meares and former fashion model Erica Baxter.
He has three children, Indigo, 7, Jackson, 5 and Emmanuelle, 3, from his marriage to Erica.
Enlisting the talent: In October Packer brought Mariah to Macau for the opening of his newest casino
Trick and treat: The couple showed off their fun side during Halloween celebrations as the singer dressed up as a witch, while James donned a mask
Loved-up: The couple spent Christmas in Aspen with her children, sharing snaps of their trip on social media
Hands-on mom: The Hero hitmaker also shared a photo on Instagram showing her in the water carrying son Moroccan on her back as she wore a low-cut wet suit in January
Onlooker: Mariah appeared to be in command as she coordinated the activities of Packer and the rest of the group during their trip to the Caribbean in January 2016
Sunshine getaway: The Caribbean trip came after the singer, 45, performed at Packer’s Melbourne casino on New Year’s Eve
Love is in the air: The couple did spend a romantic evening by the beach last week, which she shared to her Instagram
All smiles: The pop diva last made a red carpet appearance at the UNICEF Ball honouring David Beckham in Los Angeles on January 12