James Packer has spoken for the first time about his relationship and engagement break up with Mariah Carey.
In a rare interview, with 'The Australian', James Packer has opened up on his personal and professional challenges over the last few years, including his decision to sell his stake in the RatPac production company, and his breakup with global singing superstar Mariah Carey.
He told 'The Australian' that in 2015, he found himself in the midst of massive debt, having to borrow large sums of money to stave off a potential legal battle with sister Gretel Packer, and was facing setbacks related to the expansion of crown resorts.
“Two years ago I was terrified. I had $2.3 billion of debt at CPH [Consolidated Press Holdings, his private company], over $3 billion of debt at Crown, I’d just appointed Rob [Rankin as chairman of Crown], Macau was falling over and [sister] Gretel was on my doorstep. Then, a year later, I’ve got China falling apart, the Australian casino businesses missing budgets by big amounts, I’ve got Mariah breaking up with me and I’m thinking, ‘fuck!'”
He spoke in broad terms about his decision to start a relationship with Mariah, saying:
“The answer is complicated … I was at a low point in my personal life. Documenting the negotiations with my sister was taking longer than expected. Brett Ratner put Mariah and me together. She was kind, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. She is very bright. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”
Mariah has been slightly less diplomatic on her relationship with Packer, instead calling him a (gulp) “motherfucker” in an interview with an Israeli journalist during her press tour there earlier this year.
She also of course torched a wedding dress in this video below, which may or may not have been a reference to her wedding dress intended for her big day with James: