While there was no official word at press time whether Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have actually gotten married, People magazine reported on Friday (May 2) that Bishop Clifford Petty of the National Church of God in Governor’s Harbour in the Caribbean island of Eleuthera confirmed that he presided over their wedding. Petty provided no details except to say that he did not give a sermon.
Earlier on Friday, the magazine reported that Jacob the Jeweler, who reportedly made Carey’s ring, confirmed the wedding. The magazine also cited an unnamed source as saying that the singer obtained a marriage license in Eleuthera, although a representative at the island’s register’s office told MTV News on Friday that she has no record of a license in Carey’s or Cannon’s names. However, Monique Gomez, a Bahamian attorney in Nassau who specializes in family law. told People.com, “The minister would make sure [the license] goes into the registry. It’s still a valid marriage even if it’s not filed. Anywhere in the world.”
Eleuthera is located next to the island of Windermere, where Carey reportedly owns a home. The Web site of the island’s register’s office states that 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. People’s report states that Carey herself obtained the license.
Some have speculated that Carey actually may have married or be marrying Mark Sudack (a member of her management team whom she has long been rumored to be dating), but TMZ.com claimed on Friday that those reports are untrue. Also on Friday, a rep for “The View” confirmed that Carey had been scheduled to tape the show on Monday (for a segment scheduled to air Friday, May 9) but had canceled.
Neither Cannon’s nor Carey’s spokespeople have returned calls for comment from MTV News, and Cannon evaded a series of questions from MTV News on the matter Monday.
However, a relative of Cannon’s, Linda Cannon (her relationship to the singer was not detailed), reportedly told E! News on Thursday, “Yes, we know. 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.”
Carey, 38 and Cannon, 27, reportedly have been dating for less than two months, which is half as long as Cannon was going out with Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks when he proposed to her with a 15-carat stone via a JumboTron in New York’s Times Square. Cannon and Ebanks broke up in October.
Last week, Carey was spotted wearing a large diamond ring that began the speculation that she and Cannon were an item. According to The Associated Press, Jacob quickly put out a press release about the ring Cannon reportedly gave Carey, which described it as “crafted from platinum and features a square emerald cut fancy light pink diamond as the center stone surrounded by 58 intense pink diamonds and two half moon diamonds on each side. … The total carat weight of the ring — center stone is 10 carats — is a jaw-dropping 17 carats with a value of $2.5 million.”
On Friday, People.com reported that Jacob (whose last name is Arabo) told them, “The way he came into the store, the mood he was in, I knew this was very serious. He said ’Jacob, I’m in love. This is what I want to do.’ He said he wanted something in pink, so he picked something in a light purple-ish pink. He was very involved and he trusted me to design the ring.”
Arabo reportedly added, “He loves her. That’s all I know.”
A number of media outlets have speculated that this episode is a publicity stunt, though the couple have been seen in public numerous times since Cannon filmed a cameo in the video for Carey’s new single, “Bye Bye,” several months ago.
[This story was originally published at 2:41 p.m. ET on 05.02.08]