Mariah Carey holds hands with billionaire James Packer on Italian vacation


The “We Belong Together” singer was spotted Friday in Capri, Italy, holding hands with Australian billionaire James Packer.

The pair is staying on Packer’s yacht as part of an “extended vacation” that will also take them to Cannes and St. Tropez, according to TMZ.

The site reports that Packer had been pursuing the pop superstar for several months prior to their European getaway.

Carey’s new man is a star in his own right: Packer, 47, is an entertainment mogul and the fourth wealthiest person in Australia, with an estimated wealth of $4.7 billion, according to Forbes.

As for how the two met, it seems likely that the pop star’s friend Brett Ratner introduced them, since Ratner and Packer co-founded the film company RatPac Entertainment.

Carey’s romantic vacation comes seven months after her husband Nick Cannon filed for divorce after six years of marriage. The couple has two children together: Moroccan and Monroe, 3.

Although the 45-year-old star had been rumored to be dating Ratner, her public outing with Packer marks her first romance since splitting with Cannon.

The singer shared her excitement about her Italian vacation Thursday on Instagram.

“Ciao Italia!!! #yay #vacation #italy,” she captioned a photo of herself smiling upon arriving in Italy.

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