Nick Cannon has multiple children with multiple women, including sharing twins with megastar Mariah Carey. But is the father of eight paying child support to his very successful ex-wife? Here’s what we know about the former couple’s child support and divorce settlement.
The terms of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s divorce settlement
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon met while the singer was filming the music video for her song “Bye Bye.” They married in the Bahamas on April 30, 2008. Three years later, on April 30, 2011, Carey gave birth to their fraternal twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
Cannon and Carey separated in 2014 and their divorce was finalized in 2016. TMZ reported some of the terms of their divorce settlement in November 2016.
Carey reported earnings of $6.3 million for 2014, while Cannon reported revenue of $2.7 million. According to the divorce settlement, the masked singer the host is required to pay $5,000 into a trust for the twins each month, while Carey does not have to contribute to the trust. The rules also state that neither parent can allow children to address a new significant other as mom, dad or something similar.
The former couple share custody, but the twins are primarily with Carey. The rules state that if Cannon visits, Carey must pay for his travel and accommodations. She also had to give away a 2012 Ferrari to Cannon.
Does Nick Cannon pay Mariah Carey child support?
Nick Cannon, 41, has eight children with five different women. Besides the 11-year-old twins he shares with Mariah Carey, he also has 1-year-old twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir with Abby De La Rosa. Cannon shares Golden, 5, and Powerful Queen, 1, with Brittany Bell. His son Zen, whom he shares with Alyssa Scott, died in December 2021 after being diagnosed with brain cancer. And in June, Cannon welcomed a son named Legendary Love Cannon with model Bre Tiesi, 31.
Between all of his children, California family law attorney and legal expert Goldie Schon estimated that Cannon pays about $2.2 million in child support each year (per The Sun). The artist’s child support payments are not public information, so the attorney’s estimates are not indicative of exact amounts.
Schon also said that Cannon probably isn’t paying Mariah Carey child support because she likely earns more than him, and the “Obsessed” singer might even pay her ex-husband instead.
The ‘Wild ‘N Out’ host said he would get back together with the iconic singer
Although they have been divorced for years and Nick Cannon has fathered children with several other women since their split, the TV host recently admitted he will be getting back together with Mariah Carey.
In July, Cannon opened up about his relationship with Carey on Hot Tee, describing their romance as a “fairy tale” and a “fantasy.”
“It was literally like a fairy tale with Mariah so I would rather it be that way and I appreciate that fantasy because if I tried to go back and it wasn’t the same, I say, ‘Damn, I messed up,” he said. “But, if I had the chance, if it could be like that, I’m here.” Cannon also said that ‘he’ will never have a love like [he] made with Mariah.
The iconic singer also admitted that she and Cannon “could have gotten away with it.” In his 2020 memoir, The significance of Mariah Careyshe wrote: “Honestly, I think Nick and I could have worked it out between the two of us, but egos and emotions got inflamed (which can translate into a lot of billable lawyer hours, and ultimately it’s the case).”
She added: “We will always be a family and we will make it work.”
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