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Mariah Carey Is Engaged to James Packer

The third time just may be the charm for both Carey and her beau.

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    James Packer, right, and singer Mariah Carey pose on the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the Studio City project in Macau, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.

    The third time just may be the charm for Mariah Carey.

    The Grammy-winning artist is engaged to Australian business mogul James Packer, E! News having confirmed Thursday night that Packer had popped the question in New York.

    Carey first met Packer in Aspen and sparks later flew in summer 2014 when they reconnected at the Hollywood premiere of "Hercules."

    "We were talking and laughing and people were getting mad at us and stuff like that. So we hit it off," Carey recalled on "The Steve Harvey Show" in November, to which the host replied, "Ain't he lucky."

    Packer is a 48-year-old father of three and Carey, a 45-year-old mother of two.

    When Packer accompanied Carey on her first trip to Israel last summer, a source told E! News, "It was more a spiritual journey than anything. He is aware she has the world at her fingertips, but he likes to find things that she has never experienced."

    The executive chairman of entertaining and gaming behemoth Crown Resorts Ltd. is worth $3.5 billion, according to Forbes' most recent estimate. He padded his portfolio with $1 billion in 2012 when he sold the pay-TV company he inherited, Consolidated Media Holdings, to News Corp.

    Money isn't everything, of course, and the more of it you have the more lawyers you need; but Carey, who reportedly earned $27 million last year, has her own fortune and is used to a certain lifestyle. And, we're guessing, so is Packer. So all the better that he gets it and is unlikely to be fazed by his fiancee's penchant for fanciness.

    "They get along amazingly and their communication is always fluid and easy," another source shared with E! News last June, adding that "wants to spoil her and her children every minute he can. He feels she only deserves the best."

    Carey's first husband, Tommy Mottola, was the head of Sony Music Entertainment when they tied the knot. Carey was only 24 when she said "I do," and her career was just taking off. 

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    Second hubby and host of "America's Got Talent," Nick Cannon, swapped vows in with Carey in 2008 (and renewed them five times), but Cannon admits now, at the ripe old age of 35, that he might not be a marriage kind of guy.

    Carey and Cannon were separated by mid-2014 while Packer's divorce from second wife Erica was finalized at the end of 2013.

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