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*Mariah Carey confirmed in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that she’s hookin’ up with her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka, though she declined to say much more than that. Carey previously posted an Instagram picture with her and Tanaka drinking champagne in a tub on Valentine’s Day.

“I’m just going to be like ‘I really don’t talk about my personal life.’ Because that’s what I used to do and it really worked for a minute, back, a while ago,” she said, smiling. “I just don’t feel comfortable talking about my personal life. … Me and my boyfriend don’t want to do that.”

Carey’s romance with billionaire James Packer may have inspired her musically. The couple called it quits last year, and her latest single, “I Don’t,” featuring rapper YG, is about a breakup: “We got together and did the song in like a day and the video the next day.”

In the video, Carey appears in white lingerie with a white bridal garter on her thigh. In one line, YG raps, “Hold up, give me my ring back. Never mind you could keep that.” Meanwhile, Carey flips off the camera with a ring that looks like the one Packer gave her.

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The video also shows her throwing a wedding gown in a fire pit, a gown that looks very much like the Valentino dress she had custom-made for her wedding.

“It was fun and it wasn’t that very expensive one that they think it is,” she clarified. “You shouldn’t be wasteful, so I’m going to do something with charity and wedding dresses, I think.”

Meanwhile, Carey is due to hit the road this spring with Lionel Richie for “All the Hits Tour,” which runs from March 15-May 27. Some of the cities the tour will stop include, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Detroit, New York, St. Louis, Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle. Carey also plans to bring her 5 year-old twins, Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon, along for the journey.

“Roc and Roe do get to come,” she said. “They love to go onstage and actually they are very musical already. They have their school, and they have their teacher. They are doing really well but they don’t love the school, let’s just put it that way. But they are happy when they get to go with me on tour and there’s other kids there, too, so it’s good.”

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