The Real Story Behind Nick Cannon's 7 Kids

To say it's been a whirlwind year for Nick Cannon may be the understatement of the century. The former Nickelodeon star welcomed not one, not two, not three, but four children between December 2020 and June 2021 with three different women, bringing the total number of kids he has to seven. The "Masked Singer" host has faced criticism over his actions/situation, and while defending himself on his Power106 radio show in July, Cannon insisted that impregnating three different women consecutively was all part of his life plan.

"I'm like a seahorse out here. That's just the way I'm procreating," Cannon said (via People), adding later in the show, "I'm having these kids on purpose. I don't have no accident! Trust me, there's a lot of people I could've gotten pregnant that I didn't. The ones that got pregnant are the ones that were supposed to get pregnant. You only live once."

While Cannon and his newest children have been the talk of the tabloids for the greater part of the year, it can be easy to forget that the "America's Got Talent" host's fatherhood journey started over ten years ago with his ex-wife, Mariah Carey. Read on for everything to know about the real story behind Cannon's seven kids.

Nick and Mariah share 10-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey first got together in early 2008, and after just six weeks of dating, the pair tied the knot on Carey's private island in the Bahamas (via Us Weekly). In December 2010, Cannon opened up about his future with Carey, revealing that he and the pop superstar had babies on the brain. "That's the only priority in life, when you think about it, is starting and raising a family," Cannon explained. "We wanna make sure everything is out of the way and that we don't have any distractions."

Exactly three years after Cannon and Carey tied the knot, the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" singer gave birth to twins, Monroe and Moroccan, in April 2011. "My wife just gave me the most incredible anniversary gift ever in life," Cannon tweeted at the time. "I won't ever be able to top this!"

Unfortunately, the couple just couldn't make their relationship work and separated in 2014 (via Variety). Their divorce was finalized in 2016. However, the former couple remains dedicated to co-parenting their 10-year-old twins. "It's all rooted in love, it's all rooted in positive energy," Cannon told People ahead of the holidays in 2020. "There's no hard feelings and ill will. Ultimately, it's about putting the kids first and making sure they have the best childhood they could possibly have."

Nick shares two children with a former Miss Universe contestant

Nick Cannon dated Brittany Bell, a former Miss Universe contestant, NBA dancer, and "first-generation college graduate who began her pursuit of a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the age of 17" (via Miss Universe) in 2015 while he was going through his divorce with Mariah Carey. The pair were in an on-and-off relationship for some time, and when rumors that Bell was pregnant with their first child started making the rounds in 2016, Cannon confirmed the news during an appearance on "The Breakfast Club" in November.

"Who said it wasn't mine?" Cannon said at the time (via Us Weekly). "I've got a baby on the way ... absolutely ... God said be fruitful and multiply. I'm doing the Lord's work ... everybody get a baby! I'm passing them out." Bell gave birth to their son, Golden, in February 2017 while they were on a break.

Fast forward to almost four years later, Bell and Cannon welcomed their second child together on Christmas Day in 2020, a daughter who they named Powerful Queen Cannon. "The best gift ever," Bell captioned an Instagram post announcing the news. "We have been surprised with... A GIRL!!!!! Powerful Queen Cannon came this week perfect timing for Christmas. So much more to share. All I can say is that Nick was my rock through the most intense yet empowering natural water birth. It was nothing but POWERFUL Merry Christmas!!!!! THANK YOU GOD."

Nick and Abby share twins Zion and Zillion

In April 2021, Abby De La Rosa took to Instagram to share that she was expecting twins with Nick Cannon, writing in a since-deleted post (via Page Six), "Thank you for choosing me to be your Mommy. I know the Lord has destined me and prepared me for the gift of not one but two little angels. I pray that God give you both the strength to walk brave and boldly in your individual truth just like your Daddy."

The post continued, "That God bless you and your brother and guide you into living out your full purpose. Your Dad & I will always be here for you both; in complete unison and support."

A few months prior, the soon-to-be mom of twins dished about her and Cannon's relationship, saying (via Us Weekly), "In 2020 ... [we] reconnected ... His openness and honesty won my heart but above anything, he is my dearest friend and my partner [in] this world of mine. He changed my life ... inspiring me to open my mind to the unknown when it came to loving outside of 'labels' and 'ownership.'"

On June 16, De La Rosa took to Instagram to share that she had given birth to twins, Zion Mixolydian Cannon and Zillion Heir Cannon, two days prior. The birth of Zion and Zillion brought Cannon's total kid count up to six, which didn't last long, because about a week later, the "Wild N Out" star became a father yet again.

Nick welcomed another son two months later

Model Alyssa Scott gave birth to her and Nick Cannon's first child together, a son named Zen S. Cannon, on June 23 (via People), which she confirmed in an Instagram post on July 4. Cannon's rumored girlfriend announced her pregnancy in January, although it was unclear at the time whether Cannon was the father or not. In a since-deleted Instagram celebrating Father's Day 2021, Scott confirmed the rumors that Cannon is the father of her second child — she has another child from a previous relationship — after she posted a picture of a mystery man who very much resembled Cannon cradling her growing baby bump (via Page Six).

"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," Cannon explained on "The Breakfast Club" in August (via People). "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. And to get as much of that as possible and to pass on all that I've lived into something else, that's why I do it, man."

Nick continues to defend his views on fatherhood and procreating

While Nick Cannon has undoubtedly come under fire for welcoming four kids with three women in less than a year, the "Drumline" star has continued to defend his situation, offering up his reasoning behind his actions during an appearance on "The Breakfast Club" in August 2021. "That's a Eurocentric concept when you think about the ideas of you're supposed to have this one person for the rest of your life," he explained (via People). "And really that's just to classify property ... 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."

"It's about what exchange can we create together. I've never really subscribed to that mentality. I understand the institution of marriage if we go back to what that was about. ... I don't have ownership of any of the mothers," Cannon continued, adding, "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," he shared. "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."