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Mariah Carey opens up to Ellen about split from billionaire fiance James Packer

In January, billionaire businessman James Packer popped the question to Mariah Carey, and the five-time Grammy winner said yes. But by October, they both said no to their big plans.

Carey visited "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday and spoke out about the split for the first time.

When DeGeneres mentioned that the singer was no longer with Packer, Carey simply said, "Now it's a whole friggen thing."

"I'm great," she told the host. "Everything happens for a reason. Things are the way they are."

But things are a long way from where they were. DeGeneres recently got a sneak peek at Carey's upcoming eight-part docuseries, "Mariah's World," where she saw the pop diva trying on wedding gowns and hanging out with her now-former fiance.

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Mariah Carey and then-fiance James Packer on the red carpet at the opening of the Studio City casino resort in Macau, on Oct. 27, 2015.

"He didn’t want to be in the docuseries at all, and yet he’s in it," DeGeneres noted. "You see him."

"You did," Carey replied before taking an evasive turn in their conversation. "It’s kind of difficult to talk about it at the moment — so I’m just going to compliment you on these decorations."

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Mariah Carey on "The Ellen DeGeneres" Show Nov. 23, 2016.

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Well, the Christmas decorations on the set were especially nice.

"Mariah's World" debuts on E! Dec. 4.

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