Brian Tanaka confirms 'amicable split' from Mariah Carey
(CNN) — Everything Mariah Carey wanted for Christmas this year (as the song says), apparently, didn't include Brian Tanaka.
On Tuesday, Tanaka, a dancer and creative director, shared on social media that he had split from the superstar singer after seven years.
“It is with mixed emotions that I share this personal update regarding my amicable separation from Mariah Carey after seven extraordinary years together,” Tanaka wrote in a message. A statement posted on his verified Instagram account. “Our decision to embark on different paths is mutual, and as we travel these separate journeys, we do so with deep respect and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the priceless time we shared. The memories we created and the artistic collaboration will forever be etched in my heart.”
Tanaka, 40, is a former backup dancer and was part of Carey's “Adventures of Mimi Tour” in 2006. They reportedly began dating in 2016, and had an affair. A brief separation the following year Then they met.
Tanaka had kind words for Curry in his statement.
“Maria’s dedication to her family and commitment to her craft have inspired us throughout our shared journey,” he wrote. “I want to express my love and appreciation for Maria and her wonderful children, whose warmth and kindness have enriched my life in a way that words cannot express.”
Tanaka also asked for “understanding, privacy and respect” during this “sensitive” time.
“The outpouring of love and support from fans has been a ray of strength and I am so grateful for the encouragement that continues to lift me up,” he wrote. “I can't wait to continue my journey, knowing that my passion for inspiration, dance, and the creative arts will resonate in the seasons to come.”
Tanaka's relationship with Carey was part of her 2016 reality show “Maria's World.”
CNN has reached out to Carrey's representatives for comment.