Pop diva Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka have called it quits after seven years of dating, the dancer announced on Tuesday. Bryan Tanaka, who was Carey’s backup dancer and creative director, shared a statement with The Associated Press and his Instagram followers, revealing that they have decided to part ways amicably.
He wrote: “With mixed emotions, I share this personal update regarding my amicable separation from Mariah Carey after seven extraordinary years together. Our decision to embark on different paths is mutual, and as we navigate these separate journeys, we do so with profound respect and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the invaluable time we’ve shared. The memories we’ve created and the artistic collaborations are etched in my heart forever.”
He added that he looks forward to pursuing his passion for inspiration, dance, and the creative arts in the future.
How the Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka met and fell in love
Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka met in 2006 when Tanaka joined Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi tour as a backup dancer. They confirmed their romance in 2017, after Carey’s split from her former fiancé James Packer.
Mariah Carey, who is known for her hit songs such as “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “We Belong Together”, has always been private about her personal life. In 2017, she told the AP: “I’m just going to be like ‘I really don’t talk about my personal life.’ Because that’s what I used to do and it really worked for a minute, back, a while ago. I just don’t feel comfortable talking about my personal life. … Me and my boyfriend don’t want to do that.”
The singer has not commented on the breakup publicly. She recently wrapped up her Merry Christmas One and All! tour, which Tanaka did not join, sparking speculation about their relationship status.
Carey has two children, twins Moroccan and Monroe, from her previous marriage to actor and comedian Nick Cannon. Fans of the Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka have expressed their sadness and support on social media, hoping that they will find happiness and peace in their new paths.