Mariah Carey is an undeniable force to be reckoned with in the world of music. She is currently the third most successful and best-selling artist of all time in the United States and has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide since the 1990s.
The American pop singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer is known for her remarkable five-octave voice range and pipe register. The success of her career is reflected in her numerous awards, including 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 10 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards.
Who is Mariah Carey? Bio & Age
Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, the daughter of Patricia Hickey, a voice coach and opera singer of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, a black Venezuelan aeronautical engineer.
Mariah Carey was named after the song “They Call the Wind Maria” from the 1951 Broadway musical “Paint Your Wagon”. When the singer was four years old, she began taking lessons from her mother, who was also a singing teacher.
She attended Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York, and graduated in 1987. This was around the time she began writing songs in the hope of making a career as a musician. She later moved to Manhattan, New York, where she lived in a one-bedroom apartment with four other students.
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During this time Mariah worked as a waitress, wardrobe girl and also studied cosmetology, while she shared her demo tapes at events with music producers. In 1988 Tommy Mottola – a leader of the American music scene – listened to one of her demos and started her journey to superstar status.
Dating Life – Who has Mariah Carey Dated?
Considering that she is beautiful, talented, and famous, it is not surprising that Mariah Carey has a long list of relationships in the past. She has become almost as famous through her dating history as through her music career.
Below is a list of relationships she has been involved in – both confirmed and rumored relationships. Here is the list of her ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands.
Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola
Thomas Daniel Mottola is an American music manager; he was also Mariah’s boss at Sony Music. Their relationship began when she recorded her self-titled debut album, Mariah Carey, in 1990.
The couple married on June 5, 1993, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The age difference in their relationship was especially remarkable since Tommy is 20 years older than Mariah.
Shortly after their marriage, however, their relationship broke down due to his controlling character. The couple separated on May 30, 1997, but their divorce was not finalized until December 2, 2000, when Tommy was about to remarry.
Mariah Carey and Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter is a well-known baseball star and sportsman. He was in a relationship with Mariah when she was technically still married to Tommy Mottola. The two separated in 1998, citing media attention as the reason for their separation.
Eddie Griffin is an American actor and comedian best known for his role as Eddie Sherman in Malcolm & Eddie. The American actor also starred in Mariah’s music video Honey.
There were rumors that the two had a relationship in 1997, but this was never confirmed or denied.
In 1998 there was a rumor that Mariah Carey was in a relationship with Jamie Theakston, a producer, actor, radio, and television star from the United Kingdom. However, this was only a rumor and was never confirmed as a relationship.
Mariah also went out briefly with Marcus Schenkenberg in 1998. Marcus is a Swedish model who was born in Stockholm, Sweden and has dual citizenship in Sweden and the Netherlands. He has worked for Calvin Klein and many other designers.
Everyone knew about Mariah’s relationship with Luis Miguel. Their relationship lasted almost three years (1999-2001) but was mostly interrupted from time to time. The Latin American singer, often called “El Sol de Mexico”, was Mariah’s first serious relationship after her divorce from Mottola.
Eric Benet is a Grammy-nominated RnB singer who was once married to Halle Berry from 2001-2003. There are rumors that he had a secret affair with Mariah Carey during this time, but this was never confirmed.
Mariah Carey and Eminem
Marshal Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, dated Mariah in 2000, and although she denies their relationship, the American rapper states that they were together for about six months before they stopped.
Mark Sudack got to know Mariah when he was her manager and worked at Columbia Records. The duo was together for two years, from 2003 to 2005, before ending the relationship. Today Mark Sudack is married to Laura Katzenberg – daughter of Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the richest film producers in the United States.
Christian Monzon is an American model who appeared in Mariah’s music video “Don’t Forget About Us”. The two were made in 2005-2006, shortly before Mariah met her future husband Nick Cannon.
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Her next marriage was to the American rapper, comedian, producer, radio, and television star Nick Cannon.
Nick, who started his career as a teenager, met Mariah when they were shooting the video for her single “Bye Bye” on an island off the coast of Antigua.
The two celebrities had a stormy relationship and surprised the world when they announced their wedding less than six months later. Nick and Mariah Carey had a beautiful sunset wedding in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas on April 30, 2008.
Their marriage produced fraternal twins, Moroccans, and Monroe, who were born on April 30, 2011 – their parents’ third wedding anniversary.
But their fairy tale marriage was short-lived when Nick Cannon filed for divorce in late 2014, and it was consummated in 2016 when Mariah met her billionaire fiancé James Packer.
Mariah Carey and James Packer
Mariah started dating Australian billionaire James Douglas Packer in June 2015 while she was separated from Nick Cannon. After completing their divorce from Nick Cannon in 2016, Mariah and James became engaged on January 21, 2016, but unfortunately, the two broke up despite a $7.5 million ring in October of the same year.
Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka
Mariah Carey is currently in a relationship with the American dancer Bryan Tanaka, who is fourteen years younger than her. The two have been together since November 2016, and by all indications, they are still blissfully in love.