Mariah Carey and Tanaka, have reportedly called it quits due to a disagreement over the prospect of having more children.
Sources have informed Page Six that the 14-year age gap between 54-year-old Carey and 40-year-old Tanaka added strain to their relationship.
The insider revealed that Tanaka, Carey’s backup dancer, expressed a desire to start a family, a sentiment not shared by Carey, who already has twins, 12-year-olds Monroe and Moroccan Cannon, with her ex-husband Nick Cannon.
“He wants to have a family. That’s not where she is at,” explained the source. Tanaka, who had been romantically involved with the “Songbird Supreme” since 2016, reportedly did not join Carey’s Merry Christmas One and All tour, which kicked off in November, after nearly two decades of serving as her dancer.
“He wants to start having his own life,” added another source, shedding light on Tanaka’s perspective. The couple previously experienced a brief split in 2017.
Despite the breakup, Carey is reportedly doing well and embracing the holiday season with her children. An insider shared with People, “Mariah is thriving this Christmas. She’s feeling good and is in fully festive Mariah mode. She’s thrilled with the success of the tour with her kids and work she’s already done on her next album.”
Carey’s children, affectionately known as Roc and Roe, have made appearances on select tour dates. Speaking to People, Carey acknowledged the challenges of balancing motherhood and a busy tour schedule, emphasizing the importance of ensuring her kids’ routine and education while juggling her performance commitments.
“If their job is to go to school for three hours a day, they have to go to school for three hours a day. And if their job is also being on stage and being a part of the show, then they have that,” Carey stated. “Part of my job is to rest and relax and know, ‘OK, everybody’s got this covered, and I’m going to get out there and perform.’”