Nick Cannon is firing back at those calling him a “deadbeat dad” because he has 12 children with six different women. The television personality recently made it clear via an interview with the Los Angeles Times this week that he is there for his big family — emotionally and financially.
“I’ve been villainized,” Cannon, 42, told the publication on Sunday (May 7). “I hear all the time: ‘You can’t be present for all those children.’ So, therefore, I get this deadbeat dad title.” While he acknowledges that the narrative is: “He has a bunch of kids,” Cannon said, “I’m really at a place now where I don’t care what people know. I’d rather just operate. It’s more about really being a good person instead of telling people you’re a good person.”
Handler of Desires
As for why he wanted to have so many children, Cannon said it came from a place of making his partners happy after they expressed their desires to have kids soon. “A lot of them are in the same age group,” he said. “And I just wanted to give them what they desired. I kept saying, ‘I can handle it.'”
In addition to his 12-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe whom he shares with ex-wife Mariah Carey, Cannon fathered 6-year-old son Golden “Sagon,” 2-year-old Powerful Queen and 7-month-old son Rise Messiah with Brittany Bell; 22-month-old twins Zion and Zillion and 5-month-old daughter Beautiful Zeppelin with Abby De La Rosa; 10-month-old son Legendary Love with Bre Tiesi; 7-month-old daughter Onyx Ice with LaNisha Cole and 4-month-old daughter Halo Marie with Alyssa Scott. Cannon and Scott’s 5-month-old son, Zen, died in December 2021 from a brain tumor.
Outhosts Ryan Seacrest
To keep up with his children, Cannon keeps a schedule for each kid and drives them to their extracurricular activities. Though sometimes his busy schedule means he’s not able to spend more with each child, the Celebrity Prank Wars host shared that he’ll always try to make it his mission to be there for them. “It’s not about what I do for you or what I say to you. It’s about how you feel when I’m with you,” Cannon said. “If you feel loved when you see your dad, that’s what’s gonna resonate.”
Cannon disclosed that he generates “at least $100 million a year” to keep up with his lifestyle. Besides Celebrity Prank Wars, he also hosts Wild ‘N Out, The Masked Singer, and his radio show The Daily Cannon. “Everybody thinks Ryan Seacrest has tons of money. I do everything that he does times 10. Well, not times 10—times three. Because he does a lot.”