To say that Nick Cannon is crazy about his 2-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan is an understatement. The America's Got Talent host and husband to singer Mariah Carey says he loves when his little girl and boy make him smile, which is all the time.
We caught up with the busy dad in a phone call before he hosted a "Power of Dad" Father's Day event in Los Angeles with the March of Dimes and Oral-B that celebrated dads with children in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), something he understands from personal experience. Not only did he tell us his plans for Father's Day (it's kind of a secret), but he also spilled on what kind of mom Mariah is—and what he would tell dads-to-be Kanye West and Prince William.
Do you know what Mariah and the kids have planned for you this Father’s Day?
It’s a big secret, but I know there’s traveling. I’m traveling to meet them. They’re overseas right now in the south of France somewhere. Brunch in France works!
What brought you to the "Power of Dad" campaign?
My kids spent time in the NICU as
well, so just being able to connect on that level and then being able to
partner with Oral-B as well as the March of Dimes for Father’s Day, it’s so cool because it’s the whole "Power of Dad" campaign really is everything that
I’m about—to be able to be someone who’s always on the go and always working
and focused on career, then at the same time my No. 1 priority in life are my
children and to be able to spend quality time with them and those little
moments that make you smile.
People usually ask moms how they balance work and motherhood, but how do you balance work and fatherhood?
Really, it’s 24-hour days. If you take work
out of it in general, just being a parent is a 24-hour job. A lot of people
want to say, "Well, 9 to 5 we do this, 8 at night to midnight, we do this." It’s
like, anything can happen at any time, and that’s the beauty of being able to be
in an industry where if I want to work in the middle of the night, I can work
in the middle of the night. If I want to take a day off and just spend the time
with my kids all day and go to the park, we can do that as well.
One of our readers tweeted in this question: How has marriage changed for you and Mariah since you've had kids?
Honestly, it’s brought my wife and I closer together.
Not only are we in love and infatuated with each other, can’t get enough of
each other, but now to bring two little humans into the world that we share, it’s more love to go around.
So how do you and Mariah carve out me-time, or time for yourselves?
Lock the door!
What's your favorite part of being a dad?
My favorite part of being a dad honestly is when my kids make me smile, which is all the time. You get so proud of the smallest things, from potty-training to hearing your kid just say, "I'm so happy." My daughter just came to me right before I left the house two nights ago, and she's like, "Daddy, I'm so happy!" And just to hear her say that, out of the blue, and we didn't coach her to say that, and it was like wow. That put the biggest smile on my face.
What kind of mom is Mariah?
She's an amazing mom. Even before she was a mom, people would call her Mary Poppins because she's so catering and nurturing. She has a nurturing spirit, and she takes so much pride in being a mom and being a caregiver.
What fatherly advice would you give dads-to-be Kanye West and Prince William?
They're both great people and very connected to who they are and passionate. If you have that same type of passion that you have for your career and yourself, if you have that for your children, you're going to be a great parent. As long as love is first. No matter what kind of lifestyle you lead, or what you believe in, as long as you love your children, that's all that matters.