Hollywood is no stranger to celebrity couples with wide age gaps. Still, that doesn’t make it any less surprising when two celebrities in different age groups get together, as is the case of Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka, who are 14 years apart. While that might not seem too big a deal, it is important to note that Tanaka was only just in his early 20s when he started working for the pop singer.

Despite the wide age gap, however, Tanaka and Carey were able to make their relationship work until ending it in 2023. In December, Tanaka confirmed his split from the “All I Want for Christmas is You” singer, writing in a statement shared on Instagram: “Dear friends and fans. With mixed emotions, I share this personal update regarding my amicable separation from Mariah Carey after seven extraordinary years together. Our decision to embark on different paths is mutual, and as we navigate these separate journeys, we do so with profound respect and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the invaluable time we’ve shared.”

Though neither Tanaka nor Carey have openly discussed the reason behind their split, a source confirmed to Page Six that the wide age gap contributed to them wanting different things. “He wants to have a family. That’s not where she is at,” an insider told the outlet. Another source added, “He wants to start having his own life.”

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