Bryan Tanaka has reportedly found his way in the middle of Mariah Carey's split from fiancé James Packer.
Although Carey's rep exclusively told ET
that Carey and Packer "are trying to work" things out following an alleged fight during their vacation in Greece last month, a source tells ET the two have broken up.
New reports claim that Carey's 33-year-old Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tourbackup dancer
developed a close friendship with her, and may be the reason why the singer and the Australian billionaire called it quits.
So just who is this guy that's seemingly swooning over Carey? ET breaks down nine times Tanaka was "so obsessed
" -- (yes, we just went there!) with the GRAMMY-winning singer.
1. He's snapped hundreds of pics with Carey onstage, but he has one he calls his "favorite."
Out of all of Carey's backup dancers, Tanaka and Anthony Burrell
have been touring with her the longest -- the two were also a part of her Adventures With Mimi Tour
over a decade ago. Despite the fact that they probably have a massive collection of pics taken over the years, Tanaka has an extra sweet spot for this photo, which shows him sharing an intimate moment with the diva onstage.
"It really has been a #SweetSweetFantasy experience," he captioned a similar pic posted to Instagram. "This [Sweet Sweet Fantasy] tour has been one of my favorites of all time and it's not over yet! We've experienced and created so many memories together that I'll never forget."
2. He celebrated Halloween with Carey by his side.
Joined by Burrell, Floyd Mayweather, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and Stella Bulochnikov, Tanaka rang in Halloween early at Carey's annual Halloween bash
in Los Angeles last Saturday. Carey opted for a sexy red latex devil getup, while Tanaka pulled out his best Clark Kent costume.
3. He was super ecstatic about feeding her grapes.
Back in June, Carey was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
, where Tanaka and fellow tour dancer G. Madison
catered to her every move as she drank champagne from a bathtub with the talk show host. "So this happened last night," Tanaka later shared on Instagram, accompanied with a screenshot from the hilarious segment.
Even when they're not sharing a stage, Carey and Tanaka certainly know how to have a good time.
"Last night was a movie," the dancer captioned a pic of the two hanging with pals at the Essence Festival in July.
5. "While the DJ keeps on spinnin' the cut," Tanaka is there to assist!
The "It's Like That" singer also made an appearance
at 1 Oak Los Angeles in May, where Tanaka helped her select tracks on DJ Suss One's turntable. Tanaka kept it cool and casual in a bright red T-shirt, while Carey turned heads in a sexy black fishnet dress.
6. He once bonded with Carey over wildlife.
During a tour stop in Cape Town, South Africa, Carey and Tanaka posed for a pic with two of their pals during a safari adventure. A few days later, Tanaka received a sexy lap dance from Carey onstage at her show in Johannesburg. Needless to say, their time abroad was wild.
7. He constantly supports her.
When Carey made a guest appearance on Fox's Empire
, Tanaka was one of the first to congratulate the blond beauty on her debut. "This is gonna be gooooood!" he wrote. "Tune in tonight. @empirefox #Infamous."
8. He even drinks her vodka.
Tanaka claims he's "not a big vodka guy," but gave Carey's VDKA 6100 vodka the ultimate stamp of approval.
"I really like this stuff," he admitted, calling the alcohol "bomb" and "fire!!!" in another snap.
9. And gushes over her magazine covers!
Even though Tanaka was also featured on the cover of Complex
magazine's August/September issue, he couldn't help himself from drooling over Carey's presence front and center. The diva's fishnet tights, sultry black stilettos and lingerie corset top received a "smashing" review from the Washington native.
A source close to the "Obsessed" singer told ET on Friday that Tanaka and Carey are just close friends, and he is not a reason for any issues between Carey and Packer. One night earlier, however, the two were spotted
leaving the same restaurant in Malibu, California.
Carey was rocking an open black top that bared her bra, skintight leather pants, sky-high heels and her massive, 35-carat engagement ring from Packer. To hear more (and see the pics!), watch the video below.