Nick Cannon recently appeared on Anderson Live during which he was asked about his first-time fatherhood with twin babies and raising kids with wife Mariah Carey to which Cannon appeared to throw his wife under the bus by suggesting she’s an aloof or bad mother who wasn’t involved with her children.
Asked about changing diapers, Cannon told Anderson Cooper “The kids run the house. My wife is being the diva that she is. I’m trying to keep up with them.” To which he added he’s the one changing all the diapers, “Me! I get that duty a little bit more,” said Cannon.
The reaction to which was that he better sleep with one eye open because, although not malicious, the comment made Carey sound like a detached parent. Which isn’t going to help her appeal to the middle American audience she needs on side for American Idol (there are feuds on the show and it’s better for Carey if people already empathise with her in a way they’re unlikely to with Nicki Minaj).
About which National Enquirer says Carey is “incensed” and she’s handling her husband’s comments at home.
Mariah “was incensed,” an insider told The Enquirer. “Nick has made diva jokes before, but never relating to Mariah being a parent. Claiming he was the main diaper-changer made her feel like he was saying she was less than a perfect mother. She’s trying so hard to do well on American Idol and thinks this will make her look bad.”
Mariah signed a whopping $18 million deal to join the Idol judges’ panel, in part so she could have a job that allowed her more time with her twins, say sources. That’s one reason why Nick’s offhand remarks struck such a sour note with his sensitive wife.
“Sometimes, Nick lets his mouth run faster than his brain,” confided a friend. “But he should have known he was going to tick off Mariah with his parenting potshots.”
Mariah used to revel in her diva reputation, said the insider, “but now that she’s a mom, she wants to be seen first and foremost as just that.”
“What Nick said made her feel small, and he’s had hell to pay at home. Mariah considers parenting a 50/50 proposition and feels that she changes just as many diapers as Nick. She assured me Nick won’t be giving any more interviews like that, and she’ll even shut down his Twitter account before he makes a fool of her again. Nick knows that… and it’s put the fear of God into him!” – via National Enquirer.