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Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka Part Ways

Written by on December 27 2023

Renowned singer Mariah Carey and her partner Bryan Tanaka, a dancer and creative director, have ended their seven-year relationship, Tanaka confirmed this Tuesday. The announcement, which came as a surprise to fans worldwide, marks the closure of a significant chapter in both Carey’s personal life and her creative journey.

In a heartfelt statement released to The Associated Press and shared on his Instagram, Tanaka expressed his mixed feelings about the separation. He emphasized the mutual respect and gratitude shared between the pair, reflecting on the “extraordinary years” they spent together. Tanaka noted the deep appreciation he holds for the memories, artistic collaborations, and the journey they shared, all of which he says will remain cherished in his heart.

The pair’s journey began when Tanaka joined Carey’s 2006 “The Adventures of Mimi” tour as a backup dancer. Their professional collaboration blossomed into a personal connection over the years, with Tanaka becoming an integral part of Carey’s artistic expression, both on stage and off. The relationship, which was first publicly acknowledged by Carey in an interview with the Associated Press in 2017, has been a subject of fascination for fans and media alike. At that time, Carey had expressed a desire to keep her personal life private, a sentiment that has been a consistent theme throughout their relationship.

Speculations about the split first surfaced last month when observant fans noted Tanaka’s absence from Carey’s “Merry Christmas One and All!” tour. This absence fueled rumors and speculation, leading to increased media attention on the status of their relationship.

Despite the breakup, Tanaka looks forward to continuing his creative pursuits in dance and the arts, indicating a positive outlook on his future endeavors. Meanwhile, Carey, known for her iconic voice and timeless hits like “All I Want for Christmas is You,” has yet to release a public statement regarding the separation.

As of now, a representative for Carey has not responded to requests for comment, leaving the details of the split largely private. The end of Carey and Tanaka’s relationship marks not just the end of a personal partnership but also a shift in the dynamic of one of the music industry’s most watched couples.