Exclusive: Mariah Carey Talks Wedding Plans, New Music & That Ring!

Mariah Carey is living a "Sweet Sweet Fantasy."

In addition to her engagement to beau James Packer, the powerhouse singer just wrapped the latest leg of her smash Las Vegas residency and will next embark upon her first European tour in 13 years next month.

In an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood correspondent Scott Evans, a glowing Mariah opened up about being at the top of her game personally and professionally. 

But first, that ring!

Showing off the 35-carat diamond and platinum sparkler "with pride and happiness," the mom of two joked about the attention her brand-new bling is getting. 

"Walking through a crowd with a ring on your finger and a lot of bracelets is a little bit, you know, daunting," she laughed.

"But it's hard to take it off cause I love it so much," she added.

When it comes to wedding plans, Mariah said that while she and James are looking to keep things "very private" and won't be hosting "tons of people," the event will still showcase her trademark glamour.

"I'm most excited about the grandeur, darling," Mariah smiled, clarifying that she and James are focusing on quality over quantity for their special day. 

"It's not gonna be a big wedding," she said. "But it's going to be grand."

Adding, "I think the most important thing is the relationship and, you know, just the connection. The love it of all. That's the most important thing, but of course I love a grand moment."

While Mariah is keeping the details of James' proposal to herself for now, she did say she was "surprised" when the Australian billionaire popped the question – and she preferred it that way.

"Darling, it's my engagement ring, we can't know when it's coming," she told Scott with a smile. "We just have to receive it."

Besides walking down the aisle, Mariah is also excited to hit the road.

"There's a lot of nights, there's a lot of cities, there's a lot of people and I'm just looking for a lot of joy," she said of her international tour.

"There's something about doing both of those things," she said of performing across the globe and on the Las Vegas stage, "But my favorite thing is being in the studio and recording and writing music."

As for when fans can expect new songs, the superstar said she wants to take her time perfecting an album. 

However, she teased, "You're going to be seeing at least another single soon."

Mariah's "Sweet Sweet Fantasy" international tour kicks off on March 15, and her "#1 to Infinity" Las Vegas residency resumes in June at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 

-- Erin Biglow

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