Mariah Carey’s new reality show sees the larger-than-life singer trying on wedding dresses and wrestling with a decision to postpone her marriage to Australian businessman James Packer.
Nine months on, as “Mariah’s World” prepares to air in December, Carey is dodging questions about the sudden breakdown in October of her engagement to the billionaire.
Asked if the eight-part series would show what really went on to cause the split, Carey told Reuters. “Do we ever know what’s really real?… I hope we learn a lesson of being good people.”
Packer, 49, and twice-married Carey, 46, started a highly-publicized relationship in June 2015, and in January, the Australian proposed with a massive 35-carat diamond engagement ring. Last month, the engagement was suddenly off, sparking conflicting rumors about who backed out, and why.
On Wednesday, Carey told Ellen DeGeneres in an appearance on her talk show that her relationship with Packer was “kind of difficult to talk about” and described the split as “a whole friggin’ thing.”
“Mariah’s World” shows Carey to be heavily involved in planning and rehearsing for her European tour, as well as flirting with her back-up dancers.
“There is a lot to get stressed out about and you do go through a lot of angst,” she told Reuters. But “if I’m able to have my music… it’s my saving grace.”