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Mariah Carey Opens Up About James Packer Breakup: 'Everything Happens for a Reason'

by Jackie Willis 6:15 AM PST, November 23, 2016
Playing Mariah Carey Opens Up About James Packer Breakup: 'Everything Happens for a Reason'

Mariah Carey is breaking her silence after calling off her engagement to James Packer.

The 46-year-old singer appears on Wednesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and gives fans an update on how she's coping after her very public breakup. "Now it's a whole freakin' thing," Carey says of the split. "I think I'm doing well."

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Looking slightly uncomfortable about the topic of conversation, she adds, "Everything happens for a reason. Things are the way they are."

Carey also responds to reports that Packer did not want to be in her upcoming docu-series, Mariah's World. "Allegedly," she says of those claims. "It's kind of difficult to talk about at this moment."

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A source close to the former couple told ET that Packer "is demanding that E! and Carey remove him from all footage of Mariah’s World,” adding that the billionaire businessman is featured prominently in the show’s first episode, set to debut on Dec. 4. “He wants E! to reopen all the footage they got of him and edit him out of the show.”

However, a source close to Packer disputes these claims, telling ET, "The show hasn't even finished shooting. He has not asked to be taken out. It is totally false."

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Earlier this week, a source close to Carey told ET that the GRAMMY winner is "ready to move on" from Packer and "feels like she dodged a bullet."

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