Mariah Carey opened up for the first time about her engagement to businessman James Packer in an interview with E! News on Monday, gushing about the proposal and her now-fiance, whom she calls “an exceptional person.”

"I'm feeling fantastic, better than ever," Carey, 45, gushed. "I am so grateful for my life. I have love, laughter and life, and everything.”

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Carey described Packer’s proposal, which took place in her New York hometown on Jan. 21 as “very romantic,” and couldn’t help but marvel over the epic 35-carat diamond ring that the Australian billionaire gave her when he popped the question.