Mariah Carey, Living Legend, Says She’s Only Been With 5 Guys Ever

Starr Bowenbank
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From Cosmopolitan

  • In our August 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan, Mariah Carey gave some insight into her dating life.
  • Despite being able to date whoever she wants (because she’s Mariah, duh), she claims she’s had only five partners.

Mariah Carey, record-breaking singer and queen of the whistle tone, is here to let you know she hasn’t had as many partners as you might think.

In our newest issue of Cosmopolitan (pick up a copy if you haven’t already!), Mariah reveals that after three decades of domination in the music industry, she has been with only five guys...aka enough guys to count on just one hand. “I haven’t had that many, but there has been a variety pack,” she told us. “I’ve only been with five people in my life, so I’m kind of a prude, honestly, compared to most others in the field.” What a flex, considering that Mariah can have literally whoever TF she wants!

Looking into her past relationships, Mariah has had three former boyfriends and two ex-husbands. But exactly who has Mariah dated in the past? Well, the first person Mariah got into a serious relationship with was Tommy Mottola, Sony Music executive who produced her self-titled debut album in 1991. Mariah and Tommy got married in 1993 but ended up divorcing in 1998.

Wanna know something a little off about their relationship? Tommy was 20 years older than her, which is quiiite the age gap. “You might want to picture a child bride,” Mariah said of their marriage. “There was a conscious effort to keep me as this all-American, whatever that means, girl. It was very controlled. There was no ­freedom for me as a human being. It was almost like being a prisoner.” Since their split, Tommy called the relationship “absolutely wrong and inappropriate,” which is probably something he should have considered while they were dating, but okay! After Mariah divorced Tommy, she dated Mexican singer Luis Miguel. It didn’t last, unfortunately—they only dated from 1998 to 2001.

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Ten years after her divorce from Mottola, Mariah married Wild’n Out actor and comedian Nick Cannon in 2008. They had a pair of fraternal twins, named Moroccan and Monroe, and split eight years later, in 2016. Despite her two divorces, though, Mariah tried giving marriage another shot with her filthy-rich boyfriend-turned-fiancé, James Packer. The Australian billionaire proposed to her in January 2016, but they called off the engagement and their relationship in October of the same year.

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Packer was pretty cut up about their relationship ending— you know, as one would be if they dated and ended up losing one of the most influential singers of our time! “I was at a low point in my personal life. She was kind, exciting, and fun,” James told Weekend Australia magazine in 2017. “It was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.” Ouuuch. What’s even more savage is that Mariah allegedly kept the 35-carat diamond ring (worth a whopping $10 million!!!) for two years after they called off the engagement. The kicker? Well, according to Us Weekly, Mariah finally sold the ring in 2018 and made $2.1 million from the sale. Profiting off of an engagement that she didn’t even go through with? Now that’s what I call The Power of Mariah™.


This now brings us to the present: Mariah is currently dating her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Bryan Tanaka, who also serves as her backup dancer. If I’m honest, I totally ship it though. They’re so cute together!

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As for any lingering men Mariah may have mysteriously excluded from her variety pack? That’s a secret Mimi may never tell. XOXO!

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