Mariah Carey broke her silence on her engagement to Australian billionaire James Packer. The superstar diva spoke about their wedding plans and the amazing 35-carat diamond engagement ring in her first interview since the couple’s betrothal was first revealed.
There are many ways these days to announce an engagement if one is a celebrity. Some use the usual official-statement-from-the-rep routine, some take to social media. For 45-year-old Mariah Carey and 47-year-old Australian investor and businessman, James Packer, it was a confirmation in paparazzi photos (below) taken outside the Manhattan restaurant where he proposed to her. She flashed the massive diamond ring for photographers and videographers and soon thereafter, the jeweler dished the details to Vogue.
Now, Mariah Carey herself is speaking out. She tells E!News of that the proposal was “very romantic.” She goes on to say of her future husband, “He’s an exceptional person and really…it gets more romantic by the day, so it’s very sweet.”
As for that ring (photos below) — which safely one can say is “beautiful” but hardly “humble,” Mariah Carey jokes and says, “”It’s so heavy I can’t lift my arm up!” And adds, “No…It’s a nice chunk.”
Indeed! An understatement if there ever was one. It’s an epic ring, and one for the history books. It far dwarfs any recent celebrity bling, including the 18-carat diamond that Jay Z gave Beyonce. In fact, as E!News notes that at 35 carats it’s even bigger than the Krupp Diamond that Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor in 1968; that diamond is 33.19 carats.
For his part, the designer, Wilfredo Rosado, a longtime friend of Mariah Carey, told Vogue, “I took the standards super high, and I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to.”
And clearly, that mission was accomplished!
As for when she’ll walk down the aisle, Mariah Carey declines to reveal a wedding date, but she does tell the celebrity outlet, “If everything works out, it will be somewhat soon.”
Asked about the speculation about the ceremony and about her wedding dress, she says, “I am very excited about the dress, but I don’t want to talk about it yet, as I have to have my first fitting.”
She goes on to say, “”But…we are not doing a big wedding because he did two big weddings, and it’s kind of like, ‘I’ve done a big wedding [too]’… We would rather make it beautiful but humble.”
Yes, it is the third time around for each of them, and, as TMZ has reported, as of right now, both are not yet divorced to their respective estranged spouses, Nick Cannon and Erica Packer.
And all the while, celebrity watchers are watching!
Pictures: PR Photos