Mariah Carey and her boyfriend of over 7 years, dancer Bryan Tanaka, have officially called it quits. The news came after weeks of speculation that the power couple’s romance had run its course.
A Whirlwind Romance
Mariah and Bryan first met in 2006 when he was a backup dancer on her Adventures of Mimi tour. They began dating in 2016 shortly after her separation from then-fiancé James Packer.
Their new relationship moved quickly, with Bryan accompanying Mariah on work trips and family vacations with her twins Moroccan and Monroe. In 2017, he gushed that Mariah was “incredible” and that he loved her “to death.”
While some doubters felt Bryan was hoping to capitalize on Mariah’s fame and wealth, those close to the couple insisted their romance was the real deal. Over the years, they seemed blissfully happy together and even collaborated professionally on Mariah’s 2018 single “GTFO.”
Trouble in Paradise?
Rumors of trouble in paradise emerged in mid-December 2022 when Mariah was spotted holiday shopping in Aspen without Bryan. For a couple who always spent the holidays together, his absence sparked questions.
Sources claimed they had been “having issues” and Bryan wanted children but Mariah did not. Her reluctance would not be surprising – at 53, with 11-year-old twins already, Mariah has her hands full parenting young kids.
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Bryan was then noticeably absent from Mariah’s Christmas Eve sled ride with the twins, all but confirming the split.
Making it Official
On December 26th, Bryan broke his silence to announce the end of their romantic relationship. He told E! News:
After 7 years together, Mariah and I have decided to go our separate ways. We will forever have a special bond and respect for one another. I will always cherish the time we spent together.
His statement emphasizes the amicable nature of their split after so many happy years as a couple. There seems to be no ill will or scandalous reasons behind the breakup – perhaps they simply grew apart or wanted different things.
What’s Next for Mimi?
While this split marks the end of one chapter, Mariah is wasting no time beginning a new one. On December 27th, the very next day after Bryan’s announcement, she was spotted Christmas shopping solo in Aspen wearing head-to-toe Chanel.
Mariah looked glamorous as ever and buzzed about town browsing shops and dining out with friends. According to sources, she is focusing on her kids and not letting the breakup bring her down. They add, “Mariah doesn’t get too down about these things and she believes that everything happens for a reason.”
So while we mourn the end of Mariah and Bryan’s epic love story, we can rest assured she still believes in love and will carry on with grace, optimism and fabulous style. After a much-needed girls trip reminiscing over margaritas with her inner circle, she may even be ready to get back out there when 2023 kicks off.
And Bryan? We wish him the very best as he steps back into the single scene. Something tells us he won’t stay single for long – he’s talented, handsome, hard-working and now, thanks to 7 years with the iconic Mariah, schooled in how to treat a lady.
The Greatest Love on Earth
In her decades-long career, Mariah has given us countless gifts – her legendary vocals, an extensive catalog of hits for the ages, and a fair share of laughs and cries on reality TV.
But perhaps her greatest gift has been showing the world that fairytales can come true – if only for a little while. She and Bryan made us believe that an ordinary backup dancer could sweep a princess off her feet and live happily ever after, at least for a few years.
So as their story comes to an end, we say thank you, for the love, laughter and light you brought together. Here’s towriting your next chapters, even if apart.
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