Unconditional love is the glue that holds it all together between Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey. The actor tells PEOPLE that growing up in a single-parent home has influenced the way that he parents alongside his estranged wife.
“Unconditional love,” says Cannon. “I was a product of that unorthodox family situation myself, I mean being raised by my grandmother … my mother and my father and kind of moved all over the country growing up.” Nick adds, “One thing I would never change is my upbringing because it was all rooted in unconditional love.”
The star also tells PEOPLE that being an actor affords him the opportunity to spend more time with his kids. “The cool thing about being an entertainer [is that] your job is pretty much 24/7, and you can take your family with you wherever you want to go.”
Even though he and the twins travel a lot, Nick has ensured that Monroe and Moroccan have a comfortable place to call home. In fact, it was just a few weeks ago that the star showed Instagram fans pictures of his little ones’ separate rooms. Cannon later told Extra, “I got a cool situation where [at] my house, they have their own rooms, they’re picking out their stuff … they have all this individuality and they have their own space.”
Monroe and Moroccan will celebrate their fourth birthdays next month. The twins were born on April 30, 2011.