OPINION

THIS time of the year, the sunny, social, cashed-up and sexy Mediterranean is the land of the long, white boat.

High-flyers, Russian oligarchs and occasional wannabes twirl around Sardinia, the Italian Riviera’s Portofino, the Amalfi and take a few trips onto the Isle of Capri for dinner at Ristorante La Fontelina. But one incredibly high-profile blossoming romance will continue to have the business and entertainment worlds buzzing this (northern hemisphere) summer.

Our very own James Packer, 47, and the sultry songstress and pop star Mariah Carey, 45, have outshone any mega boat on the Med’s waters.

And you know what? Good. On. Them.

Even James’s first wife, the dynamic Jodhi Meares (on holidays with her birthdaying mum and family in Italy) has given the beaming pair a thumbs-up. Jodhi posted a pic of the tanned troika on her Instagram feed taken on James’s boat, the Arctic P, with the simple word, Amore. Complete with love heart emojis.

And yes, gossip commentary theorists are trying hard to rationale the Packer-Carey hook-up.

Some are saying it is a huge PR campaign for casino king James to bolster his cred in Las Vegas, where Ms Carey happens to have a residency at Caesar’s Palace. Or to bolster interest in a Christmas film starring Mariah that RatPac, the company James has with Brett Ratner, is making.

Either way, couldn’t it all just be a bit simpler? Like boy meetsgirl. Girl and boy get on together. And then, the show goes on?

No matter the who, what, why and where, the fact the notoriously publicity-shy James looked as happy as a pig in, as he wandered the cobbled streets of Capri, and that he even allowed Jodhi to post an Instagram snap of the happy troika says something.

Jodhi has kept up a very strong bond with James, their connection continuing through any relationship issues she has had while he has always supported her businesses, including her most recent fitness label, The Upside. How many people continue that kind of connection with their ex?

The same with Erica Packer, with whom James shares three divine little people, Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle.

Maybe it’s time just to allow these two loved-up peeps, who happen to be high profile and happen to be very rich, to have a mad ole time together, whether it last three weeks, three months, three years or 30 years.

While the pair reportedly met in Aspen, Colorado, at the chic Little Nell Residences, and were introduced to each other by video director producer Brett Ratner, their particular lives may actually be perfect for each other.

Both travel (a lot); both have young families (Mariah has four-year-old twins); both have had marriage setbacks; both are leaders in their fields; and both are used to life on the road, albeit a fairly glossy, up-market, six-star life on the road.

The time has come for even more celebs and their entourages to descend on the Med and hurtle their vessels up and across to the South of France to the picturesque annex of St Tropez or down to Mykonos.

And while money and boat size is king, this latest romance is only going to get only more attention.

And to those who think it is all some sinister marketing ploy at play, lighten up! Who cares?

Isn’t it just nice not to see James rumbling on the footpath with his great pal David Gyngell and looking like the cat who got the cream.

Let’s face it, after many, many years dealing with it, I’m pretty sure Mr Packer and Ms Carey know exactly how to play and handle the media.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au