The whirlwind romance between Mariah Carey and James Packer just got serious.

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US pop star Mariah Carey and Australian billionaire James Packer are engaged to be married, Hype Life Magazine has learned.

The Australian billionaire is said to have proposed to the American singer, seven months after they were first seen cozying up on a holiday in Italy.

Worth about $3.5 billion, Packer, 48, is Australia’s fourth richest man, according to the Forbes Rich List. His family made millions through the media industry, before Packer turned to casinos. He owns one of Australia’s gaming and entertainment groups, Crown Resorts.

Mr Packer is Australia’s fourth-richest person, according to Forbes, with a fortune estimated to exceed A$4.7bn ($3.1bn £2.3bn).

Carey, 45, who released her first album in 1990, has dominated the entertainment industry for decades and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

On a U.S. talk show, she described how they got together.

“We first met in Aspen, a couple of years ago. We met at the Hercules premiere. We were talking and laughing and people were getting mad at us and stuff like that. So we hit it off,” Carey said.

It will be Mr Packer’s third wedding, having previously been married to swimsuit model Jodhi Meares and then to former fashion model Erica Baxter, with whom he has three children, Indigo, 7, Jackson, 5 and Emmanuelle, 3.

It will also be the the third trip down the aisle for Carey. Her first husband was music producer Tommy Mottola whom she married in 1993, though they separated by 1997. Carey met her second husband, fledgling  artist and comedian Nick Canon on the shoot of her music video  for Bye Bye in 2008, they soon married and had fraternal twins Monroe and Moroccan in 2011. However by August 2014 the couple had filed for divorce.

Next month, Carey will start the third leg of her sell out Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace, before embarking on a world tour. Packer is expected to join her for most of her dates.

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