Mariah Carey at the NBCUniversal Upfront on May 16. The singer is reportedly dating dancer Bryan Tanaka. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey's new beau Bryan Tanaka is breaking his silence on their rumored romance.
The 33-year-old dancer and choreographer couldn't help but gush about Carey while attending the singer's Mariah's World premiere Sunday in New York.
"I've always had a thing for Mariah. I love her so much," Tanaka told E! News. "Just make sure you tune into the show and you'll see kind of how everything happens."
"We've been friends for a long time. I do a little dance move here and there, and we have a good time. we have fun," he added.
"Something connected for us back in the day, and there was just a mutual admiration. She saw something in me that I actually didn't recognize at first, and from that, it was over. It was set in history that we were going to be connected someway, somehow," the dancer said.
Sources told Entertainment Tonight that Carey and Tanaka got cozy at the premiere, which took place at Catch NYC in Manhattan. The rumored couple reportedly share a "subtle" but "undeniable" chemistry.
"It is the way they communicate. They seem so happy in each other's presence. They are on the same page -- their laughing and the glances between them. You can see it in the photos," an insider said.
Carey and Tanaka were first linked in October following the singer's split from fiancé James Packer, and were spotted kissing in Hawaii over Thanksgiving weekend. The debut episode of Mariah's World revealed that Carey postponed her wedding some time prior to her split from Packer.