Mariah Carey Walks Hand-in-Hand with Australian Billionaire James Packer in Capri

Mariah Carey spent her Friday like most people would probably like to: Walking through the streets of an Italian island with a billionaire.

The pop star was seen holding hands with Australian billionaire James Packer, a media mogul, in Capri, a tony island off the southern coast of Italy.

Mariah Carey Explains Breakup Anthem: It's 'About Loving Yourself First' – Not Ex Nick Cannon

While the Internet was quick to assume Mariah Carey’s new single “Infinity” was inspired by soon-to-be ex-husband Nick Cannon, the Elusive Chanteuse was quick to clarify the ballad’s meaning.

Mariah Carey and Brett Ratner Stroll Arm-in-Arm in St. Barts After Denying Their Romance

Vacations are always better with friends.

Mariah Carey continued her birthday celebrations with longtime pal Brett Ratner in St. Barts on Saturday.

The pop star, who rang in her birthday Friday, was spotted walking through the tony island with Ratner and a female friend. Carey, who was wearing a wrap dress and a sexy black bikini, walked arm-in-arm with the Hercules director and toted several shopping bags.

Mariah Carey and Brett Ratner Are Just 'Best Friends,' Says Rep

Can’t a man and a woman just be friends?

It sounds like something Carrie Bradshaw might ask herself at the beginning of a Sex and the City episode, but it’s also the question on some minds after Mariah Carey and director Brett Ratner were spotted spending their birthday weekends together.

Eddie Murphy Out as Next Year's Oscar Host

Brett Ratner’s resignation from producing the 84th annual Academy Awards has resulted in another departure – that of his Oscar host, Eddie Murphy, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak announced Wednesday.

“I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” Sherak said in a release from the Academy.

Brett Ratner Resigns 2012 Oscars – Will Eddie Murphy Follow?

Brett Ratner tendered his resignation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday after apologizing for using an offensive term to describe homosexuals.

The filmmaker was going to co-produce next year’s 84th annual Oscarcast – and his resignation could conceivably throw into question whether Eddie Murphy will still host the event. Murphy had been recruited for the job by Ratner, who directed him in the movie Tower Heist.