Nick Cannon is at 12 kids and counting. He’s giving the Duggars a run for their money, I guess. Maybe his end goal is to beat the OG Duggar parents’ final number? Anyway, Nick’s said a lot over the years about his thoughts on parenting, relationships with his different partners, and their relationships with each other, and their expectations of him. Now he’s revealing a little bit of info about his financial arrangements. Apparently, the ladies don’t get a set allowance from him and they just get what they need. Um, what?
A true caregiver. When it comes to the mothers of his 12 children, Nick Cannon doesn’t place a limit on how much he can help them financially.
The Masked Singer host, 42, explained on the Monday, March 27, episode of “The Home Team” Hot 104.1 radio show that he doesn’t give the women in his life a “monthly allowance” or a set “amount of money,” but rather, “What they need, they get it.”
He added: “There’s never been something that one of the mothers of my children has asked for and they didn’t receive.”
The former Wild N’ Out host has welcomed 12 kids with six different women over the years. Cannon shares his eldest kids — twins Monroe and Moroccan, 11— with ex-wife Mariah Carey. He shares three kids — son Golden, 6, daughter Powerful, 2, and son Rise, 6 months — with ex Brittany Bell. The Drumline star welcomed another set of twins — sons Zion and Zillion, 21 months — with Abby De La Rosa, and the two also share 4-month-old daughter Beautiful.
Cannon shares one child with LaNisha Cole — daughter Onyx, 6 months — and another with girlfriend Bre Tiesi, welcoming son Legendary, 8 months, in July 2022. He and ex Alyssa Scott welcomed their daughter, Halo, 3 months, in December 2022, nearly one year after losing their 5-month-old son Zen, who died of brain cancer in December 2021.
On Monday, the producer went on to show his appreciation for his kids’ moms: “When you really understand, like, ‘Yo, this woman has given the greatest sacrifice and sacrificed her body to bring a child [in], and that’s the best gift any man could ask for,’ so regardless of what goes on in any scenario, I’mma always show love and respect,” Canon said on the radio show. “I’ll never say anything disrespectful or bad about any of the mothers of my children.”
Cannon noted that he has “so much reverence” for the mothers of his kids for putting up with his hectic lifestyle, as well. “Anybody that could put up with me and everything from my schedule to how, you know, I gotta move and being in the media and stuff like that, like, that’s a queen,” he shared. “I truly just honor everybody in my family because it ain’t easy.”
Despite being a booked and busy entertainer, the comedian isn’t ruling out welcoming more kids in the future. “God decides when we’re done, but I believe I definitely got my hands full,” Cannon told Entertainment Tonight in February. “And I’m so focused. I’m locked in. But when I’m 85, you never know. I might [have more].”
I really hope he’s speaking generally about random things that the women need, want, ask for, and get, and not about the support he’s providing to his children. Like, I would hope that the mothers of Nick’s children have more official child support arrangements in which they get a set amount of money for their children each month, as is their legal right, but… I’m not confident that they do. This man has said so much messed up stuff over the years and a lot of it sounds like arrogant posturing, but some of it just sounds like he actually does have the upper hand on his partners and they just bear his children and do what he says to pay the bills and don’t ask questions. Nick has said he wouldn’t support the women if they had other partners, so who’s to say he wouldn’t withdraw support if the relationships soured in some other, unrelated way? These ladies are entitled to real support for themselves and their children and hopefully Nick really is giving that and not shirking his responsibilities. And if I were them, I would also be concerned with fairness! With that many kids spread around, there’s no way he’s treating everyone fairly. He can’t give equal time and he certainly isn’t giving equal money. If I were one of the mothers I would want to ensure my kid was being treated fairly.