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James Packer was ‘jealous’ of Mariah Carey’s back-up dancer Bryan Tanaka

James Packer was ‘jealous’ of his then-fiancée Mariah Carey’s close friendship with her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka back in 2016, and may have suspected they were romantically involved.

Carey was having an affair with Tanaka, 36, during her whirlwind engagement to the 51-year-old Australian businessman, DailyMailTV exclusively revealed this week. 

And according to a report by TMZ in October 2016, tensions between the two men reached boiling point backstage at Carey’s concert in June that year. 

 

Messy split: James Packer was 'jealous' of Mariah Carey's back-up dancer Bryan Tanaka (pictured with the pop star, right) during their 2016 affair and used his casino connections to ban the younger man from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Pictured: Mariah and James on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles

Messy split: James Packer was ‘jealous’ of Mariah Carey’s back-up dancer Bryan Tanaka (pictured with the pop star, right) during their 2016 affair and used his casino connections to ban the younger man from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Pictured left: Mariah and James on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles 

Apparently, Packer ‘thought it was weird’ that Tanaka had showed up to the concert even though he was not performing due to an injury.

A loud argument between the rivals reportedly ensued, and Packer later ‘used his casino ties to get Tanaka banned from Caesar’s Palace’ in Las Vegas, where Carey, 49, had a residency at the time.

Sources told TMZ that Packer’s suspicions were first piqued when his fiancée gave  Tanaka a lap dance during an on-stage routine in May 2016 in South Africa.

 

Jealous guy: Tensions between Packer and Tanaka reached boiling point backstage at Carey's concert in June 2016, according to a previous report by TMZ. Pictured on October 26, 2017

Jealous guy: Tensions between Packer and Tanaka reached boiling point backstage at Carey’s concert in June 2016, according to a previous report by TMZ. Pictured on October 26, 2017

It comes after DailyMailTV exclusively obtained footage of Carey dancing flirtatiously with Tanaka at the Hotel D’Angleterre in Copenhagen, Denmark in March 2016 – more than six months before she split from then-fiancé Packer.

In the cellphone video, a scantily dressed Carey is seen grinding against her now boyfriend, who slouches back in his chair with his white T-shirt pulled up. 

At one point, Tanaka reaches up to pull down the singer’s skirt, which had ridden up as she danced, touching her upper thigh as he does so. 

Naughty! DailyMailTV exclusively obtained footage of Carey dancing flirtatiously with Tanaka at the Hotel D'Angleterre in Copenhagen, Denmark in March 2016 - more than six months before she split from then-fiancé Packer

Naughty! DailyMailTV exclusively obtained footage of Carey dancing flirtatiously with Tanaka at the Hotel D’Angleterre in Copenhagen, Denmark in March 2016 – more than six months before she split from then-fiancé Packer 

Striptease: In the cellphone video, a scantily dressed Carey is seen grinding against her now boyfriend, who slouches back in his chair with his white T-shirt pulled up

Striptease: In the cellphone video, a scantily dressed Carey is seen grinding against her now boyfriend, who slouches back in his chair with his white T-shirt pulled up

Striptease: In the cellphone video, a scantily dressed Carey is seen grinding against her now boyfriend, who slouches back in his chair with his white T-shirt pulled up 

Happily ever after? Carey is now dating Tanaka and they are currently touring Europe together

Happily ever after? Carey is now dating Tanaka and they are currently touring Europe together 

Cheating: When the Denmark video was captured, Carey was still engaged to Packer. The casino mogul had proposed in January 2016 with a $10million diamond ring after less than six months of dating. Carey also sent Tanaka semi-nude and nude photos while on vacation with Packer in July 2016 (pictured together on their yachting vacation)

Cheating: When the Denmark video was captured, Carey was still engaged to Packer. The casino mogul had proposed in January 2016 with a $10million diamond ring after less than six months of dating. Carey also sent Tanaka semi-nude and nude photos while on vacation with Packer in July 2016 (pictured together on their yachting vacation) 

The U.S. pop diva had checked into the hotel under the alias ‘Margot Channing’ and celebrated her 47th birthday there on March 27.

When the video was captured, Carey was still engaged to Packer. The casino mogul had proposed in January 2016 with a $10million diamond ring after less than six months of dating.

The relationship was eventually broken off in October 2016 and Packer is now understood to have moved on with New York socialite Kylie Lim. 

Meanwhile, Carey is now dating Tanaka and they are touring Europe together. 

Saucy: Carey would order members of her staff to take saucy photos of her to send to Tanaka, whom she privately referred to as 'Tiger'. Among them are six semi and fully naked pictures taken on her yacht, the Capri, in July 2016 (pictured)

Saucy: Carey would order members of her staff to take saucy photos of her to send to Tanaka, whom she privately referred to as ‘Tiger’. Among them are six semi and fully naked pictures taken on her yacht, the Capri, in July 2016 (pictured)

Daring: One picture shows Carey posing on the stairs wearing a gold sequined bikini, while another is a close up shot of her squeezing together her breasts

Daring: One picture shows Carey posing on the stairs wearing a gold sequined bikini, while another is a close up shot of her squeezing together her breasts

A spokesperson for Carey told DailyMailTV: ‘We have not been privy to the content in question and cannot confirm from whence it came nor when, however as stated numerous times in the past, Mariah is not polyamorous.’ 

Meanwhile, a source said: ‘They were clearly more than just friends even then. It was so flirtatious and there was so obviously something going on.

‘James would have been mortified if he had been there.’

DailyMail.com contacted Packer for comment but did not receive a response. 

Diva behaviour: According to a source, both her assistant and manager would routinely be asked to take risqué pictures of the singer for Tanaka late at night – only to be yelled at in the morning if she didn't like them

Diva behaviour: According to a source, both her assistant and manager would routinely be asked to take risqué pictures of the singer for Tanaka late at night – only to be yelled at in the morning if she didn’t like them

Bombshell: A source told DailyMailTV, '[Carey and Tanaka] were clearly more than just friends even then. It was so flirtatious and there was so obviously something going on. James would have been mortified if he had been there'

Bombshell: A source told DailyMailTV, ‘[Carey and Tanaka] were clearly more than just friends even then. It was so flirtatious and there was so obviously something going on. James would have been mortified if he had been there’

Seductive: Another photo shows a fully naked Carey posing in a bathroom on the yacht – her modesty only preserved by a strategically placed phone held by a staff member

Seductive: Another photo shows a fully naked Carey posing in a bathroom on the yacht – her modesty only preserved by a strategically placed phone held by a staff member

Two-timing: According to insiders, Carey was infatuated with the Washington-born dancer throughout her relationship with Packer – even telling her fiancé she was 'a born-again virgin' to avoid having to sleep with him

Two-timing: According to insiders, Carey was infatuated with the Washington-born dancer throughout her relationship with Packer – even telling her fiancé she was ‘a born-again virgin’ to avoid having to sleep with him 

According to insiders, Carey was infatuated with the Washington-born dancer throughout her relationship with Packer – even telling her fiancé she was ‘a born-again virgin’ to avoid having to sleep with him.

She would also order her staff members to take saucy photos of her to send to Tanaka, whom she privately referred to as ‘Tiger’.

Among them are six semi and fully naked pictures taken on her yacht, the Capri, during a vacation with Packer in July 2016. 

One shows Carey posing on the stairs wearing a gold sequined bikini, while another is a close-up snap of her squeezing together her breasts.

A third shows a fully naked Carey posing in a bathroom on the yacht – her modesty only preserved by a strategically placed phone held by one of her entourage.

According to a source, staff members would routinely be asked to take risqué pictures of the star for Tanaka late at night – only to be yelled at in the morning if she didn’t like them.

Flirting: Further photos were also exchanged in text messages between Carey and Tanaka. One sent on May 20, 2016, shows Carey posing in a cleavage-exposing leather jacket (pictured)

Flirting: Further photos were also exchanged in text messages between Carey and Tanaka. One sent on May 20, 2016, shows Carey posing in a cleavage-exposing leather jacket (pictured) 

Further photos were also exchanged in text messages between Carey and Tanaka using a staff member’s phone sent on May 9, 2016 that show the Without You hitmaker posing in a high-leg, low-cut black bodysuit.

One photo is a full length shot that shows off her legs, while the second is a close up of her cleavage.

Another, sent on May 20, 2016, shows Carey posing in a cleavage-exposing leather jacket – to which Tanaka responded with a lengthy string of clapping and firework emojis. 

A further set of messages, between Tanaka and one of Mariah’s entourage sent on June 28, 2016, shows the pair discussing an ‘exit plan’ from the hotel and notes that Carey spent the night in the dancer’s room.

One sent by Tanaka reads: ‘Ok… I don’t think she’s looked at her phone once since she got here last night. I will get her phone for her.’

He adds: ‘What was the plan for her today? Was she going to stay here at the hotel until she goes to the TV show edit?’

An employee of Carey’s responds: ‘Hey T….I put the room on my corporate card but you have to cover incidentals…don’t forget….thanks.’

Tanaka then ends the conversation by thanking Carey’s team, saying: ‘This has been so amazing and so nice’.

Packer and Carey eventually split for good in October 2016, with the businessman later paying the songstress a $50million ‘inconvenience fee’ after the break-up.

Packer later described the relationship as ‘toxic’ in his biography The Price Of Fortune: The Untold Story Of Being James Packer.

He also admitted the liaison had been ‘a mistake for her and a mistake for me’.

Exes: Packer had proposed to Carey in January 2016 with a $10million diamond ring after less than six months of dating. The relationship was eventually broken off in October 2016

Exes: Packer had proposed to Carey in January 2016 with a $10million diamond ring after less than six months of dating. The relationship was eventually broken off in October 2016 

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