NICK CANNON ON HAVING 8 KIDS: ‘I’M JUST WALKING IN MY PURPOSE’

"I Love My Children"

Nick Cannon receives a lot of scrutiny because of his choice to build an unconventional family. The celebrity father, however, is not too concerned with what the general public has to say about his lifestyle decisions.

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“I’ve lived my life in the public eye in a way where it’s very authentic,” Nick tells Men’s Health. “I kind of put it all out there. All my emotions, all my understanding or the lack thereof, as vulnerable as I could be—I’m just like, look, I’m trying to figure it out.”

Nick Cannon has two children, Monroe and Moroccan, with his ex-wife, Mariah Carey. The entertainer also has two children with beauty queen Brittany Bell as well as twin sons, Zion and Zillion, with Abby De La Rosa. Nick’s youngest son, Zen, with Wild ‘N Out model was born last July and passed in December due to complications related to a brain rumor. Nick is expecting his eighth child with Bre Tiesi to arrive in the coming weeks.

“I love my children. I love the people that I’m involved with. People even often ask, ‘Are you gonna have more, you gonna stop?’ I’m like, those are questions that I don’t, I don’t really even sit around and think about,” Cannon explains. “I’m just walking in my purpose and trying to be the best father and best provider I could possibly be,” he says.

Some have accused Nick Cannon of fostering broken homes. The celebrity father, however, refutes any notion of him being a deadbeat father.

“Contrary to popular belief, I’m probably engaged throughout my children’s day, more often than the average adult can be,” Cannon tells Men’s Health. “If I’m not physically in the same city with my kids, I’m talking to them before they go to school via FaceTime and stuff. And then when I am [in the same city, [I’m] driving my kids to school, like making sure I pick ’em up. All of those things, making sure [I’m there for] all extracurricular activities. I’m involved in everything from coaching to having guitar lessons with my daughter every week.”

Nick goes on to tell the press, “There’s a paradigm shift that’s happening in the universe .  There’s a lot of emotion that needs to be dealt with, there’s a lot of trauma and pain, and all of these things, challenging ideas that come with masculinity, that are being brought to the surface. A lot of it happens when you become a father, because now you’re responsible for other people’s lives.”

“So before, you may have had some ideas or some thought processes that got you through life, but now you have to pass that on to your offspring. Maybe what my parents instilled in me, or the ideas that society had 30 years ago, don’t apply today.”

Photo: Dylan Coulter/Men’s Health

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Sarie

Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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