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Mariah Carey and James Packer Are Engaged

Opening Of Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd.'s Studio City Casino Resort
Justin Chin—Bloomberg/Getty Images James Packer, co-chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. and singer Mariah Carey stand for photographs in Macau, China, on Oct. 27, 2015.

The proposal took place in her hometown of New York City

Congratulations are in order – Mariah Carey and James Packer are engaged!

The proposal took place in her hometown of New York City on Thursday evening, PEOPLE has learned.

Carey, 45, and Packer, 48, – an Australian businessman – first met at the Hercules premiere “a few years ago”, she told Steve Harvey last year.

They made their red carpet debut in September last year at The Intern premiere in New York City after being photographed getting cozy while on an Italian vacation in June.

Shortly before Christmas, the couple headed to Aspen, Colorado with the singer’s 4-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with ex-husband Nick Cannon.

This will be the third marriage for Carey, who was also previously married to music executive Tommy Mottola. Packer has three young children with his ex-wife Erica Baxter.

E! News were first to report the engagement.

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