Rapper, television host, and father of seven Nick Cannon has spoken out about his views on family, relationships, and marriage.
The Wild N Out creator opened up about his career and family on The Breakfast Club radio show this Monday.
Cannon recently welcomed twins Zion and Zillion with Abby De La Rose on June 14. Just nine days later, Cannon was welcoming his son Zen with model Alyssa Scott. Last December, the rapper’s daughter Powerful Queen was born to Brittany Bell, who is also the mother of Cannon’s four-year-old son, Golden. He also fathered twins Moroccan and Monroe with his ex-wife Mariah Carey. Bringing the total up to seven kids with four different mothers, four of which were born in the last year.
Canon insists this was his intention saying that he finds fatherhood rewarding. “The beauty of fatherhood, when you really talk about living as a father, I’ve learned so much just from my children, and it’s so amazing. I really just love being around my kids. That youthful energy, it feels like you get to relive every time,” the rapper explained. “I think I’ve been through so much in my life physically, mentally, and spiritually, the best place that I find is the time that I spend with my kids and that energy.”
When asked what he thinks about people questioning his approach to becoming a parent, having so many kids in a short time with different mothers, Cannon responded with “But why do people question that>”
“That’s Eurocentric concept when you think about the ideas of you’re supposed to have this one person for the rest of your life,” Cannon explains. “And really that’s just to classify property when you think about it. When you go into that mindset—if we’re really talking that talk—the idea that a man should have one woman…we shouldn’t ‘have’ anything. I have no ownership over this person.”
Then going on to explain that he never subscribed to the mentality of marriage or monogamy, insisting those who do are indoctrinated into believing so, despite once being married himself. But he still insists that he has made a family. “We create families in the sense of we created a beautiful entity.”
“Those women and all women are the ones that open themselves up to say, ‘I would like to allow this man in my world and I will birth this child.’ So it ain’t my decision, I’m just following suit. Cannon explains. They know how I feel. I’m not going around like, ‘Who am I gonna impregnate next?’ The woman is always the one who leads and makes the decision.”
Last month on his Power 106 radio show Cannon explained that all of his kids were on purpose. “Trust me, there’s a lot of people that I could’ve gotten pregnant that I didn’t,” he explained. “The ones that got pregnant are the ones that were supposed to get pregnant.”
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