The Emancipation of Mimi: Mariah Carey Doesn’t Need a Husband

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By Charlotte Gill | 11:16 am, October 28, 2016

Poor Maz Caz. Mariah Carey, that is. Yesterday, there were reports that the singer’s billionaire fiancé, James Packer, had called off their wedding. A source said the casino mogul hated her “excessive spending” and didn’t fancy being in her upcoming reality show, Mariah’s World.

It makes you want to put on ‘Heartbreaker,’ doesn’t it?

Though, honestly, I think Carey had a lucky escape. From marriage, period.

In fact, I’ve got no idea why any celebrity goes in for it—especially the strong, independent, diva types.

Mainly because the odds are really, really against it working out.

Just look at this terrible year for celebrity love. First it was Amber Heard and Johnny Depp to divorce. Then Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale called it quits. And don’t even mention Brangelina! Just thinking about it makes me cry into my hankie.

Both Maz Caz and Packer have been married twice before, which made it even more of a risky business. It’s definitely not third time lucky.

In the U.S., statistics show that 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce, and the percentage gets worse the more people you fancy.  Sixty-seven percent of second marriages end, and 73 percent of third!

I know why many women want to get married: They like the romance of it, the lovely white dress you can’t spill red wine on and flashy rings. I suspect this is why Carey was enticed into three rounds of the same thing.

But fairytales aside, the practicalities stink for celebrities, who run the risk of painfully, pricey legal proceedings when it goes wrong. It’s a contract that has terrible implications for their finances.

I’m not sure marriage is compatible with Carey anyway, as she seems like a pretty individualistic person. Not that that’s a bad thing, as it’s made her rich and famous. But it’s hard to tell what more she could gain from being Mrs. Packer.

On the whole, it seems to me that celebrities would do best to avoid weddings. Without them, they’re much securer in a sense. For instance, this year Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, and Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber were also fallen soldiers in love.

But they managed to walk away without horrible lawyer bills and the details of their legal proceedings splashed all over the press. Because they weren’t enticed by a smooch at the altar and trip to Vera Wang. They put pragmatism before tradition, and shunned marriage.

It’s not a romantic thing to do, but it’s sensible. In years to come, Carey may mourn Packer; but the statistics show in the long-run, she might find the lack of a marriage to be the best kind of blessing.