Egos, emotions and lawyers: Inside Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey's 'fantasy love'
Nick Cannon, 41, and Mariah Carey, 53, ended their eight-year-long marriage after finalizing their divorce in 2016. Since then, the 'One Sweet Day' star has been in a relationship with choreographer Bryan Tanaka. Nick Cannon, however, seems to be reminiscing their "fairytale" of late. In his appearance on 'The Hottee Talk Show Podcast', he confessed his underlying feelings for Carey and called her his "fantasy love."
Hinting at the prospect of him being open to a relationship if things reverted to the good ol' days, Nick added if they went back and things were not the way they were before, he might hold himself guilty. "But, if I had the opportunity, if it could be the way it was, I'm there," he said. Calling himself a "true romantic," the 'Drumline' star admitted that he would never be able to love someone else the way he loved Mariah. The couple share eleven-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, and have been co-parenting them since their split. They prioritized the kids' happiness and have publicly admitted that they "put their differences aside" for them on multiple platforms. Speaking about Bryan Tanaka, Cannon said he respects him, and they share a friendly relationship coupled with regular family gatherings and functions. Tanaka is also "great with my [Cannon's] kids."
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On many occasions previously, Nick has complimented Mariah and called her the "most talented woman there is." On the other hand, Mariah remains "tight-lipped" about her feelings for Nick, as told by a source to HollywoodLife. The source added, "Nick can do what Nick wants to do and as long as he is always there for Monroe and Moroccan (who can be seen with him in the pic above), Mariah will continue to keep her opinion about his personal life to herself." Nick concluded the interview on the Podcast with a Carey reference, "She will always be my baby!".
WHY DID THE COUPLE CALL IT QUITS?
Formerly the "It Couple," Mariah and Nick started with an exotic secret wedding in 2008. The couple announced their separation in 2014 and finally split in 2016. Carey opened up about the split in her book in 2020, saying, "Honestly, I think Nick and I could have worked it out between the two of us, but egos and emotions got inflamed (which can translate into many billable lawyer hours, and ultimately it did)." Adding to this, their excruciating careers in the entertainment industry and being new parents widened the gap. Their relationship, therefore, eventually took the fall.
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In another interview with Variety, Nick commented on the grandeur of Mariah's personality and that "it was never a competition." He also said they never really had arguments or back-and-forths and discussed each aspect of their relationship sensibly. Their marriage, a "whimsical affair," became "more amazing" after their twins were born in 2011. However, they decided to "co-exist" as parents to give the best upbringing to the kids. He also mentioned he "couldn't hold a candle" to Mariah as she was incredibly talented. Therefore, regardless of his ego outside, he maintained a "healthy ego" whenever he was home.