If the rampant online reports are to be believed, Mariah Carey's low-key second wedding was very different than the million-dollar extravaganza she put on for her first trip down the aisle. Latina magazine reported on Thursday (May 1) that Carey, 38, and actor/rapper Nick Cannon, 27, were married in a small ceremony on an undisclosed island on Wednesday in what an unnamed source called a "very impulsive" ceremony. Among the reported guests at the intimate affair was longtime Carey confidant rapper Da Brat.
Adding to the did-they-or-didn't-they confusion was a report from TMZ.com on Thursday afternoon claiming that the site had received several tips from the Bahamas — where Carey reportedly owns a home — that the singer, Cannon and a number of "other celebs" had arrived on the island and preparations "for a significant event are underway — a wedding?" Citing unnamed sources on the small island of Windermere, the site reported that evidence of an upcoming wedding included a "boardwalk that could be a makeshift aisle" that had been erected from Carey's house to the beach, as well as "workers rigorously raking up all the seaweed on the surrounding area."
And late Thursday, E! News reportedly received confirmation of the wedding from Linda Cannon, a member of Nick Cannon's family (although the site did not clarify their exact relationship). "Yes, we know," she reportedly told the site. "He called us and told us all about it. We are happy for him. If that is what he wants then we are happy for him. I'm not going to give you any details, but we are happy for him."
At press time, reps for Carey and Cannon either could not be reached for comment or had not responded.
A representative for the Register's Office in Eleuthera — Windermere has no such office and uses the nearest island's — told MTV News that no one named Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon or Mark Sudack (a member of Mariah's management team whom she has long been rumored to be dating) had applied for a marriage license. However, couples wishing to get married there need only spend one day in the Bahamas before submitting an application for a marriage license; they also must fill out the application together at the Register's office, pay a fee of $40, and in Mariah's case, a certification of her divorce (from her ex-label head Tommy Mottola) must be produced. The license is valid for three months. Calls to Antigua, where Carey is also reported to own a home, were inconclusive.
Of course, many are speculating that the entire thing is a publicity stunt.
While speculation has been swirling all week about a large diamond ring Carey has been sporting lately — which some gossip sites snarkily reported looked an awful lot like the ring Cannon had given to his ex-fiancee before they parted ways — UsMagazine.com reported Thursday that Cannon's ex, model Selita Ebanks, had nothing to say about the alleged nuptials. "I have no comment but wish them well," Ebanks told the magazine.
Cannon danced around MTV News' questions about rumors of the pair's engagement earlier this week. "I can't even know what to say. She's probably the most festive, remarkable person I've ever met. Good friend," Cannon told MTV News on Monday. When pressed further about the rumors, he said, "Rumors happen. They do."
The couple reportedly met in March when Cannon appeared in the video for Carey's new single, "Bye Bye," and Us reported that an unnamed "inside" source said the romance was "hot and heavy."
Carey, who divorced Mottola in 1998, has been linked to a few famous men in the interim, singer Luis Miguel and baseball player Derek Jeter among them, along with Sudack.
Rumors about her romance with Cannon heated up on April 15, when People.com reported that the couple had shared a romantic night out in Las Vegas. Spokespeople for Carey and Cannon had no comment on the rumored wedding at press time.
[This story was originally published at 2:59 pm E.T. on 5.1.2008]