Just a casual stroll down memory lane. Nick Cannon shared a throwback photo of himself and then-wife Mariah Carey frolicking on the beach via Instagram on Thursday, December 1, but insisted he wasn’t throwing shade after the singer was photographed kissing backup dancer Bryan Tanaka in Hawaii.
On Monday, November 28, Carey was snapped kissing and goofing off with the dancer Tanaka in Hawaii, furthering speculation of a romance between the pair. In one photo, Tanaka lifts the Mariah’s World star off her feet as he splashes through the waves.
Cannon’s throwback photo shows him similarly scooping the pop icon up in his arms, with Carey’s curves barely contained in a tiny black bikini.
“#TBT This is how you do it! LOL #IkeTurnUp #WePetty,” he captioned the image, which shows him holding Carey in his arms in the ocean.
Commenters immediately put two and two together and accused Cannon of dissing his ex-wife, which prompted the America’s Got Talent host to deny he was taking a dig at the singer with a follow-up image of the exes.
“#TBT It’s all love! No hate!” he wrote. “But damn we looked Amazing!!! Energy evolves and Frequencies change but love never dies … @MariahCarey will always be my family and the Queen so anyone looking to divide that or spew hate, chat that sh-t at the door! Salute to the Queen!!!”
Cannon, 36, filed for divorce from Carey in December 2014 after six years of marriage (the former couple share 5-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.) The singer then moved on with Australian billionaire James Packer, whom she got engaged to earlier this year, before calling off their engagement in October.
A source told Us that Carey was “blindsided” by the breakup, and was “devastated” in the aftermath. But the “Fantasy” singer seemed to have found comfort in longtime pal Tanaka, who performed onstage in her Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour.
“They were all over each other, making out and not wanting to be more than a few feet apart,” an eyewitness told Us of the pair of their Hawaiian beach day. “They swam in the ocean and he picked her up to kiss her. She was jumping into his arms, and he bent her back over his knee like they were dancing.”
Cannon, meanwhile, is currently expecting a baby with ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell.