Mariah Carey covers a lot of ground in her tell-all memoir, from her traumatic childhood to adult relationships with infidelity and domestic violence.
She writes in detail about her difficult first marriage to Tommy Mottola, the 21-year-older Sony boss she accuses of controlling behavior and a ‘dense and oppressive’ presence.
Carey also covers her brief affair with Yankees baseball player Derek Jeter and her second marriage to comedian Nick Cannon, the father of her two children.
What she doesn’t even mention anywhere on 368 pages of The Meaning of Mariah Carey is her tumultuous 18-month relationship with Australian billionaire James Packer.
Mariah Carey makes no mention of her tumultuous 18-month relationship with Australian billionaire James Packer in her 368-page memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey
A spokeswoman for Australian publisher Pan Macmillan confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that Packer was not featured in Carey’s memoirs. “There has been a search and nothing is said about it,” she said. Packer and Carey are pictured on Valentine’s Day 2016
Carey writes in her memoirs about her brief affair with baseball player Derek Jeter (both left at a birthday party for rapper Puff Daddy). Her toxic marriage to Sony boss Tommy Mottola (both right) also features in the book
“It took me a lifetime to have the courage and clarity to write my memoirs,” says the 50-year-old in promotional material for the book, which was released Tuesday.
“I want to tell the story of the moments – the ups and downs, the triumphs and trauma, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today.”
Those experiences apparently don’t include her 10-month engagement to Packer, who described their relationship as a “ mistake ” for both of them.
A spokeswoman for the book’s Australian publisher, Pan Macmillan, confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that Packer was not featured in Carey’s memoirs.
“There has been a search and nothing is said about it,” she said.
Packer spoke candidly with author Damon Kitney about Carey for the 2018 biography The Price of Fortune: The Untold Story of Being James Packer.
The casino mogul had not read The Price of Fortune manuscript before it was published and he did not see The Meaning of Mariah Carey until it came out.
Packer hasn’t spoken to Carey in the four years since he broke off their engagement. In 2017, Packer made his first public comments about the breakup of their relationship. “I was at a low point in my personal life,” he said
“I haven’t seen copies or spoken to Mariah in four years,” the 53-year-old told Nine Entertainment last week.
The twice divorced billionaire was introduced to the superstar singer in late 2013 by Hollywood producer Brett Ratner at Packer’s Aspen, Colorado home.
They then met in July 2014 at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, again with Ratner, and they hit it off right away.
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‘I was sitting next to Brett and [Mariah] was on the other side of him, ”Packer said to Kitney. “Oliver Stone was behind us and kept telling us to be quiet.”
Packer had recently split with second wife Erica, and Carey had divorced Cannon, the father of her twins.
Before the relationship went public, Carey and her children Monroe and Moroccan joined Packer in May 2015 on his yacht Arctic P for a Mediterranean cruise.
The couple were only photographed together in June 2015 when they held hands on the Italian island of Capri.
“It was nice to start with … She was nice and interested in my life,” Packer told Kitney.
Carey attended Packer’s 48th birthday bash in September 2015 at Ratner’s Los Angeles mansion along with such guests as Mick Jagger, Al Pacino, Ben Affleck and Eddie Murphy.
The couple spent Christmas together in Aspen that year and she flew to Australia to perform at a New Year’s Eve concert where she dedicated her song Hero to him.
Packer proposed at a restaurant in New York on January 21, 2016, and got down on one knee to present a 35-carat engagement ring with plans to get married in Bora Bora on March 1.
According to Packer, there were “ issues ” negotiating a prenuptial agreement that is reported to have benefited Carey up to $ 30 million or $ 115,385 a week.
Packer’s fellow billionaire and close friend Kerry Stokes was one of his inner circle worried about the relationship, especially its diva-like demands.
Stokes had taken charge of Packer’s private affairs in 2016 when Packer’s life fell into chaos amid extreme debt and personal troubles.
In that role, Stokes became so concerned with Carey’s extravagant lifestyle that he turned down a request from her to spend $ 250,000 on a wedding dress.
Stokes told Kitney that he once grounded Packer’s private jet to stop his plans to marry Carey, who wanted to fly from Las Vegas to Israel, where her fiancé lived.
Packer said they broke up on Arctic P when it docked in Naples after attending former President Shimon Peres’ funeral in Israel. The couple had been in a relationship for 18 months, but the breakup was toxic. The couple is pictured in New York in May 2016
Carey was outraged, according to Stokes, who said he had never intended to end their commitment entirely and was only concerned about Packer’s mental health.
“I was accused of divorcing the lovebirds,” Stokes told Kitney.
The stock prices of Packer’s various companies plummeted and he was already deeply in debt when he negotiated the split of his late father’s estate with sister Gretel.
A combination of drinking a bottle of vodka a day and taking potent prescription drugs did not help Packer’s deteriorating mental state.
Amidst these struggles, his engagement to Carey came to an abrupt end in October 2016.
Packer said they broke up on Arctic P when it docked in Naples after attending former President Shimon Peres’ funeral in Israel.
The couple had been in a relationship for 18 months, but the breakup was toxic.
Carey reportedly received a $ 70 million “ inconvenience fee ” after the split – he was about to accept $ 7 million to walk away before allegedly raising the amount.
When Questioned about Packer’s whereabouts in early 2017, Carey said, “I don’t know where that bastard is.” In March 2018, she told People magazine, ‘I wonder what I was thinking … The whole situation was a whirlwind. But I wish him the best ‘
The singer’s camp apparently believed that after the botched engagement, Packer had leaked details of the settlement to an Australian gossip magazine.
“I had absolutely nothing to do with the story,” Packer said.
In 2017, Packer made his first public comments about the breakup of his relationship with Carey. “I was at a low point in my personal life,” he said.
‘She was nice, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. She’s very smart. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me. ‘
When Questioned about Packer’s whereabouts in early 2017, Carey said, “I don’t know where that bastard is.”
In March 2018, she told People magazine, ‘I wonder what I was thinking … The whole situation was a whirlwind. But I wish him the best. ‘
Packer had a similar message for Carey when he spoke to Nine Entertainment last week. “I wish her the best,” he said.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey is published in Australia by Pan Macmillan and is available now from here for $ 34.99.