Mariah Carey is spilling new details about her relationship with Australian billionaire James Packer.
"We first met in Aspen," she reveals on Steve Harvey, sitting down for an interview to air during the full hour of the show's Wednesday, Nov. 25 broadcast. "We were at the Hercules premiere. We were talking and laughing and people were getting mad at us and stuff like that. So we hit it off."
Host Steve Harvey muses that Packer is "a lucky guy," while Carey sweetly responds: "I'm lucky too."
Indeed! Carey wears a stunning necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels -- a gift from her beau -- during the interview.
"Oh, this old thing?" she teases. "[It was] a very, very big surprise, very nice."
Carey and Packer made their red carpet debut together
at The Intern
premiere in September. "James was leading Mariah through the theatre room and had his hand on her back. Mariah looked very proud to be there with James," an eyewitness told ET
at the time. "He seemed a little more under the radar than she is but looked at her very adoringly and happy."
The following month, Carey opened up to ET about the outing.
"I don't think either one of us thought, 'Here we are, making a debut,' he's not that guy," Carey said on the set
of her Hallmark Channel holiday movie, A Christmas Melody
. "It was a lot for him. ... I just automatically pose. I can't help it!"
Carey split from husband Nick Cannon
late last year, but the two have remained close in co-parenting their 4-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe. Just last month, Carey threw a lavish Halloween soiree
in Beverly Hills and celebrated with her ex and her kids.
"I thought it was important that they see their parents together occasionally," she tells Harvey.
But the real reason for Carey's sit-down was to promote her new children's book, inspired by her hit holiday song, "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
"I just remember writing the song in this little room with a little Casio keyboard and, just by myself, thinkin' about, 'What are all the things I can think of that remind me of Christmas and the holidays?'" she recalls. "Of course I wanted it to work and to be a hit Christmas song, but I never knew how big it would be."
Flashback time! ET was with the singer in 1994 to discuss the brand new holiday album, Merry Christmas.
"When you record a Christmas album, it's around for the rest of your life. It's something that people can play for years and years to come," a 24-year-old Carey told ET at the time. "You always hope people will like them, they'll become classics. You know, that's a dream."