Mariah Carey has been closing two chapters of her life this past fall – marriage to Nick Cannon and engagement to James Packer – and starts the holiday season with a new beau. The pop star has been spotted having fun on the beach in Hawaii with backup dancer Bryan Tanaka.

Smooching time! The photo below shows how care-free can a girl be, even if she had just been left by a billionaire fiancée.


Mariah Carey and her new beau, Bryan Tanaka. Photo: FameFlynet/AKM-GSI

Mariah Carey and her new beau, Bryan Tanaka.
Photo: FameFlynet/AKM-GSI


The man in the photo is backup dancer Bryan Tanaka, who is also a DJ, music producer and is working for Carey as a creative director. The 33-year-old hunk also makes appearances on the singer’s reality show Mariah’s World, airing on Sunday, on E!

46-year-old Carey brought Tanaka with her on her Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii, but she didn’t share anything about him during the holiday weekend. She documented a fun celeb shopping spree in a Hawaii grocery store and then joined her children Moroccan and Monroe and her former husband, Nick Cannon, for the Thanksgiving dinner.


Tanaka is Carey's creative director.  Photo: FameFlynet/AKM-GSI

Tanaka is Carey’s creative director.
Photo: FameFlynet/AKM-GSI


In the photos, the two lovebirds are on the beach, splashing, frolicking, playing around. “They were all over each other, making out and not wanting to be more than a few feet apart”, a source told Us Weekly.

Sources say that sparkles between the two have first been noticed by her ex-fiancée, James Packer, since the summer months. At the time, TMZ reported that the businessman blocked Tanaka’s access to Caesars Palace, the casino Las Vegas where the diva has a residency. And this was just one of the issues adding up to the couple’s conflict, which ended-up in a wedding cancellation.

Even if Mariah looks to be having fun and enjoying her newly found single status, when she spoke to Ellen DeGeneres, last month, she seemed to not be over her break-up with Packer.  “It’s kind of difficult to talk about it at this moment, so I’m just going to compliment you on these decorations once again”, the singer told DeGeneres on November 23.