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Mariah Carey is marking another trip around the sun!
The five-time Grammy Award winner, who refers to birthdays as anniversaries, was showered with sweet messages when she turned 51 on Saturday, including one from her 37-year-old boyfriend Bryan Tanaka.
“Today is my favorite day. Happy anniversary my love!” wrote along with some retro selfies of the couple.
He also received a tribute from his friend Millie Bobby Brown, 17, whom he met thanks to his children’s affinity for Strange things. The actress shared a selfie with Mimi on Instagram, writing, “Happy (anniversary) to this queen. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you so much!”
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Jennifer Hudson, 39, who joined Carey and Ariana Grande for a holiday collaboration last year, also celebrated Carey’s big day.
“Team Jhud, please help me wish @mariahcarey a big happy anniversary. You really are the best! And I know how much you love Jhud productions, so we want to tell you here at Jhud Productions, we take care of ours and we do . Consider you and all your lambs as ours! “she wrote, referring to Carey’s fans. “Lol we love you!”
🦋Happy anniversary to my homie, tru friend and musical partner, the 1 and only @Mariah Carey 🙏🏾 Thank you for allowing me to be part of your legendary and labyrinthine career, you know what it is with me, I love you 4 life !! #HPRPCEO pic.twitter.com/qgB1QqwBsm
– Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) March 27, 2021
For his own publication, producer Jermaine Dupri took to Twitter with some throwbacks of the couple together. Calling Carey his “true friend and musical partner,” Dupri, 48, thanked the singer “for allowing me” to be a part of her “legendary career.”
Reference Carey’s 2009 single “Obsessed”, TikToke star Addison Rae wrote: “Happy birthday @MariahCarey obsessed with you.”
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Carey revealed to OUT Magazine in a 2014 cover story that, instead of acknowledging her age each year, celebrates her 12th birthday anniversaries, “Darling, I’m forever 12 years old.”
“When I was a child, I literally made this pact,” she added. “There was a kind of discussion with my mother and the man I was dating at the time, and somehow I became part of her: I was around 8 or 9 years old and I said, ‘I’m never going to forget what it feels like being a child and they can’t see or hear you ‘It’s like your opinion doesn’t mean anything or your feelings aren’t real.’