The 36-year-old actor said on Wednesday’s episode of The Howard Stern Show that Carey’s relationship with Tanaka seems as “fake” as her E! reality show, Mariah’s World.
“That is hilarious. I think it’s beautiful. As long as she’s happy,” Cannon told host Howard Stern.
“I just think that is funny. First of all, I think the whole reality show is fake. I’m a producer, so I know how [it works]. You can’t have a well-lit private conversation, like, that [expletive] doesn’t happen,” he explained.
“I don’t buy none of that,” the star admitted. “I don’t even get into it. It feels like they wrote the story … That is like a soap opera.”
Carey and Tanaka were first linked in October following the singer’s split from fiancé James Packer, and documented their romance on Mariah’s World. Tanaka shared his “love” for the star in an interview with E! News in December.
“I’ve always had a thing for Mariah. I love her so much,” the dancer gushed.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” he said. “Something connected for us back in the day, and there was just a mutual admiration … It was set in history that we were going to be connected someway, somehow.”