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When I initially wrote about the breakup between Mariah and James Packer, I assumed the story was going to fade into the background. Being that the divorce from Nick Cannon was amicable, there would be no reason for things to get messy with Packer when the two were only together for a little over a year.

Well, I was wrong.

After reports claimed that Packer ended their relationship because of Mariah’s extravagant spending, her upcoming reality show, and a lack of connection with his family, I figured that would be the end of it. Mariah surely wouldn’t address it in public and since James is known for keeping a low profile, we wouldn’t expect to hear much from his side either.

But that is not what’s happening.

After the rumors started to swirl that the two were breaking up, Mariah’s people sent out a message that completely contradicted the rumors. The singer’s representative told Entertainment Tonight that the two had a fight but were working it out.

“The fight was not because of any cheating allegations or excessive spending by Mariah.” The rep also noted that Packer “is one of the most successful businessmen in the world.” Perhaps to suggest that money ain’t a thang to him.

The rep continued, “They are trying to work it out. Right now, they’re not sure if they will stay together.”

The rep also said that the two would release a joint statement later on.

But that’s not how the cookie crumbled.

A source close to Mariah told People that “James has not been in a mentally healthy place and has not been present for Mariah or her family. His behavior was not a desirable situation for Mariah so she unfortunately had to leave him.”

In response, Packer’s rep told People that claims that he is mentally unstable are “simply not true” and this is “typical Mariah to just twist things that don’t sound good to her. They split because she has issues. James is definitely an oddball, but a brilliant great guy. Mariah has had mental breakdowns in the past. She hasn’t been acting very mentally stable lately. To put her issues on James is ridiculous.”

And then the final nail in the coffin, “They definitely won’t be getting back together now.”

Well…that escalated quickly.

What do you think is really going on with these two?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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