As adults, making sense of the death of a child is sometimes, at best, a difficult feat. Explaining the death of a sibling to other kids can be downright heartbreaking. Recently, Nick Cannon opened up to People Magazine about how his other six children have helped him through grieving.
“Them being there for me probably helped me keep it together and really deal with it,” the TV host told the popular news outlet.
He continued, “Having to explain that to 10-year-olds (Moroccan and Monroe) and a 4-year-old (Golden) is pretty intense. But their understanding and them being there for me probably helped me keep it together as well as really deal with it. Specifically, even, Roc and Roe. They were there for the entire journey.”
Cannon is father to 5-month-old twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir, whom he shares with Abby De La Rosa; 11-month-old daughter Powerful Queen and son Golden, 4, whom he shares with Brittany Bell. The Wild N’ Out star is also a father to his oldest set of twins, Moroccan and Monroe, 10, whom he shares with his ex-wife Mariah Carey.
“My daughter, really, she’s so in tune and in line and wise beyond her years,” Cannon said in the interview of his daughter “Roe”. “I got a lot of therapists, but she’s probably my best therapist.”
He added, “She keeps me in check. “She’s so pure and so honest. To be 10, she asks some really strong and powerful questions. Really, just it’s all out of love. She’s my oldest child. Even though they’re twins, she came out first and she lets everybody know it. She’s helped me keep it strong.”
Zen, who was only five-months-old at the time of his death was diagnosed In August with high-grade glioma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.
Cannon finished out his interview with People adding that his son “…was the most loving baby. I look at being his father as a great privilege.”
Alyssa Scott, Zen’s mother, added via a written statement to People that, “It was a privilege being Zen’s mommy. It’s so beautiful and encouraging to see even complete strangers being touched and moved by Zen’s light. Zen’s spirit and light will shine bright forever.”