Nick Cannon is opening up about his six-year marriage to Mariah Carey, weirdly comparing their relationship to that of politicians. In a new interview with The Los Angeles Times, the television host revealed the dynamic between him and the “Songbird Supreme” to that of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
The pair married in 2008, and though there was a lot of romance at first, the Celebrity Prank Wars host told the outlet things took a turn for the worse a few years later. In 2014, the couple filed for divorce. Cannon recalled, “Imagine if, like, Trump and Putin had to live in the same house. It wasn’t even about her, and we’ve always been good.”
Cannon, 42, said the pair focused more on what was best for their twins, Moroccan and Monroe. “It was more about us understanding that instead of making it about our relationship and what I want or what you want,” he told the outlet. Talking to People in 2017, the Drumline star said there were “no hard feelings and ill will” between the exes.
A few years later in 2020, Carey released her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, and wrote about her whirlwind marriage to Cannon, sharing what initially drew her to him. “He was a good guy, he was faith-based. He was ambitious.” She added, “He had been in the entertainment industry for a long time, so he understood the madness. He paid attention to me.”
For the Kids
She also revealed that their strong “desire to have children” was one of the main reasons why they married as quickly as they did. Carey revealed why their relationship ended as well. “Honestly, I think Nick and I could have worked it out between the two of us, but egos and emotions got inflamed,” she wrote in the book. Though the divorce was tough on both of them, the “Always Be My Baby” singer added, “We will always be family, and we make it work.”
As we previously reported, Cannon revealed he does not “subscribe” to marriage or monogamy. The father of 12 said of his time being married to Mariah, “I did my best in this space, and now I feel like there’s a new journey in my life. I’m not going to backtrack and put myself in that situation again because it doesn’t get better than that.” Cannon also noted that Carey is still his “best friend” whom he has “so much respect for.”