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Mariah Carey’s Boyfriend Bryan Tanaka: All We Know About Him and Their Relationship

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 22, 2022
04:40 P.M.

Mariah Carey still believes in love after two failed marriages, and age is not a deterrent! The award-winning singer is in an admirable relationship with Bryan Tanaka, her younger lover whom she worked with for a long time. Here is everything to know about Carey's heartthrob.


Recently, the "Heartbreaker" singer showed her support for the LGBTQ community by hosting a gay rom-com screening. Next to her was her leading man, Bryan Tanaka, who held her hand reassuringly as they walked.

Tanaka dressed in street style, pairing a white inner-shirt framed with a black varsity leather jacket, blue jeans, and fashionable kicks.

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka attend HBO's Official 2018 Golden Globe Awards After Party on January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka attend HBO's Official 2018 Golden Globe Awards After Party on January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

This matched the singer's vibrancy as she stepped out in a stylish black sequin dress customized with the movie title "Bros."

The songbird wore matching colored tights with tower-high Christian Louboutin stilettos. She added a rainbow sequin jacket, minimal jewelry, and sunglasses.




Tanaka assumed celebrity status once he became romantically linked to the famous singer. But he is not a tag-along. He has a successful career and has worked with Carey's dance team.

Tanaka, who hails from Washington, began working as a backup dancer with the "Fantasy" star. In 2006, he shared the stage with the singer on her "Adventures of Mimi" tour.


During an interview, the dancer maintained that Carey gave him a chance to prove himself after noticing his skills; they have worked closely since then. In his words:

"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, somehow."

Tanaka has worked with and enjoyed the company of other notable celebrities, including Beyonce and John Legend. Yet, he continues to remain faithful to Carey—in terms of his commitment to her team; the dancer now works as her creative director.



Unlike her previous relationships, the singer chose to keep her romance with Tanaka more private. Their romance was confirmed in 2016 when they partied on Carey's private jet.

Despite the speculations, neither of them confirmed the rumors until February 2017, when Carey explained that she preferred to keep their romance away from the public.

A few months later, they separated but reunited shortly. What followed were countless dates and many images showing the lovers enjoying their perfect romance.


Another interesting fact about them is that Tanaka has never been intimidated by his beau's success and has always been proud to show her off online.

In 2020, following the completion of her memoir, the dancer shared a congratulatory message that tagged along with a sweet photo of him and Carey. The accompanying caption read:

"The world gets to know you a lot more today…You inspire me all the time… I'm so grateful to love and support you in all you do. Congratulations babe!"


Tanaka is not alone when it comes to gushing online about their love, as the singer is also in awe of her heartthrob. After Valentine's Day, the "Fantasy" star shared their selfie, tagging it "Valentine's marathon continues. Hour 23!"

This came after her ex-husband, Nick Cannon, poured out his feelings for her in a song. Carey did not respond to the song, but she proudly shared how her love story with Tanaka was going.



Apart from her music career and a happy-ever-after with the man of her dreams, Carey is obsessed with her kids, Moroccan and Monroe, twins, whom she shares with Cannon.

Since day one, the singer has been protective of her babies, and according to her, she is particular about raising them in a conducive environment.

While the mama bear shields them from danger, she is also fun to be with. The singer engages in fun adventures with them, including girls' night and marking their birthdays in style.


On the other hand, Tanaka has accepted that the kids are a huge part of Carey's life, and he has worked to be in their good books. In 2017, the couple took the kids to gym classes in L.A.

Paparazzi photographed Monroe sitting on Tanaka's neck as they walked around. It was an adorable scene—the little girl looked confident about her safety.

Bryan Tanaka and Mariah Carey's children Moroccan and Monroe attend the Mariah Carey concert after party on August 10, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Bryan Tanaka and Mariah Carey's children Moroccan and Monroe attend the Mariah Carey concert after party on August 10, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Tanaka is one of the few men who have been photographed with the kids. Carey's ex-lover, James Packer, was never seen with them. This shows the dancer's commitment to the relationship, impressing both his lover and her kids!

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