REVEALED: Mariah Carey, 54, and Bryan Tanaka, 40, split after seven years together because he wants children: ‘That’s not where she is at’

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka called it quits on their seven-year romance due to his desire to start a family of his own, according to a new report.

Just hours after it was reported that they had split, the alleged reasoning behind the decision has been revealed by an insider for Page Six.

According to their sources that their age gap of 14 years did play a role between Mariah, 54, and Bryan, 40, as they wanted different things.

The insider explained: ‘He wants to have a family. That’s not where she is at.’

Carey shares 12-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-husband Nick Cannon.

 

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka called it quits on their seven-year romance due to his want to have a family according to a new report from Page Six; the couple were last seen in this Instagram posted by Tanaka in March 

Carey shares 12-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-husband Nick Cannon . The two were married from 2008 until 2016

Carey shares 12-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-husband Nick Cannon . The two were married from 2008 until 2016

Speculation of the split began as the Fantasy hitmaker kicked off her Merry Christmas One and All! tour in November, but the dancer has been absent from her shows, prompting speculation that they have split.

The superstar is also currently celebrating the holidays in Aspen without Tanaka, who usually accompanied her on the trips in the past, according to a source who spoke with People.

It marks the first time in years that the pair — who began dating in 2016 — have not been traveling together during the Christmas season. 

The couple were last seen together in March, while celebrating Mariah’s birthday. At the time Bryan posted a photo of him and the superstar to Instagram with a gushing caption.

‘This is one of my favorite pictures. Ever. Happy Anniversary my Beautiful Queen. 3/27❤️.’

In November fans began speculating about the pair’s split after her concert at the Yaamava’ Resort & Casino in Highland, California.

Bryan regularly shows off his dance moves at her shows going back more than a decade, but audience members shared on social media that they had noticed he was nowhere to be seen.

Others were of the opinion that Mariah looked downbeat, and some complained about her alleged low-energy performance.

Speculation of the split began as the Fantasy hitmaker kicked off her Merry Christmas One and All! tour in November, but the dancer has been absent from her shows , prompting speculation that they have split; seen in 2018

Speculation of the split began as the Fantasy hitmaker kicked off her Merry Christmas One and All! tour in November, but the dancer has been absent from her shows , prompting speculation that they have split; seen in 2018

Adding to concerns about a potential breakup was Bryan’s total absence on the hitmaker’s Instagram profile since December 2022.

Mariah’s last Instagram post featuring Bryan appears to be from a December 26, when the two beaming lovebirds posed cheek to cheek to mark Boxing Day. 

So far neither Mariah nor Bryan have publicly addressed the split rumors. 

Carey  and Tanka initially met in the mid-2000s and he accompanied her as a backup dancer during her Adventures of Mimi tour, which occurred in 2006.

‘Something connected with us back in the day and there was just a mutual admiration,’ he told E! News in 2016. ‘She saw something in me that I actually didn’t recognize at first, from that it was over. It was set in history that we were gonna be connected some way, some how.’ 

In 2016, Mariah ended her engagement to James Packer, and she and Bryan began a new relationship shortly afterward. 

The two seemed to confirm that they were dating when they were spotted showing off some PDA at the beach over the Thanksgiving weekend that year. 

The hitmaker, 54, kicked off her tour in November, but the dancer, 40, has been absent from her shows and has not accompanied her to Aspen for the holidays, according to People; they are seen in Aspen in 2022

The hitmaker, 54, kicked off her tour in November, but the dancer, 40, has been absent from her shows and has not accompanied her to Aspen for the holidays, according to People; they are seen in Aspen in 2022

It marks the first time in years that the pair ¿ who began dating in 2016 ¿ have not been traveling together during the Christmas season

It marks the first time in years that the pair — who began dating in 2016 — have not been traveling together during the Christmas season

In November, fans began speculating about the pair's split after Bryan was absent from her shows; she is seen performing December 9 in New York City

In November, fans began speculating about the pair’s split after Bryan was absent from her shows; she is seen performing December 9 in New York City

Tanaka has been dancing on Mariah's tours since 2006; they are seen in 2022

Tanaka has been dancing on Mariah’s tours since 2006; they are seen in 2022

Mariah's last Instagram post featuring Bryan appears to be from December 26, when the two beaming lovebirds posed cheek to cheek to mark Boxing Day

Mariah’s last Instagram post featuring Bryan appears to be from December 26, when the two beaming lovebirds posed cheek to cheek to mark Boxing Day

Though they briefly split in 2017, they were back together by later that year and have since displayed a loving, if low-key, relationship ever since. 

Before she became involved with Tanaka, the performer was also famously married to her first husband, music executive Tommy Mottola, 72, from 1993 until 1998. 

Carey went on to begin a short-lived relationship with singer Luis Miguel that came to an end in 2001.

She later met Cannon, 41, while working on a music video, and the two tied the knot in 2008 before they welcomed their twins in 2011.

The former couple eventually separated and finalized their divorce in 2016.

On Sunday night Mariah had a festive finale to her Merry Christmas One and All! Tour.

The duo began their relationship in 2016, shortly after Marian ended her engagement to James Packer

The duo began their relationship in 2016, shortly after Marian ended her engagement to James Packer

Though Bryan has not been seen at Mariah's Christmas shows, her 12-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe joined her onstage at Madison Square Garden last week

Though Bryan has not been seen at Mariah’s Christmas shows, her 12-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe joined her onstage at Madison Square Garden last week

The New York native wrapped up her 16-concert tour to a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and performed numerous holiday classics, occluding All I Want for Christmas Is You, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and Oh Santa!.

Earlier in December Mariah revealed that she was looking forward to this Christmas season because the last one ‘wasn’t the greatest.’

‘I’ve been looking forward to this Christmas for, like, the whole year. Since last year — because last year wasn’t the greatest,’ she shared in an interview with People.

‘I’m thankful for them all, but it wasn’t my most fun version of Christmas ever.’

‘Come hell or high water, this year, this Christmas, we are going to have fun,’ she added.

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