Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: Split

Parents of twins Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have announced their separation after six years of marriage. Sources say age difference was a contributing factor.

Mariah Carey Nick Cannon split Photo: CHP/FameFlynet

Shocker? Or not shocker? A little bit shocker? Still too bad.

It's been confirmed: Nick Cannon, 33, and Mariah Carey, 44, have announced they are separating after six years of marriage and two kids together—three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.

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The America's Got Talent host recently confirmed that he and Mariah have been living apart, in an interview with The Insider. “There is trouble in paradise,” he confessed. “We've been living in separate houses for a few months."

"My main focus is my kids," he added.

According to a source for, the couple's 11-year age difference had a lot to do with the breakup. “He wanted to party, and she wanted to stay home with the kids," says the source. "He’s young, the age difference played a huge role in this.” The source also says Mariah's "diva" ways made Nick dread coming home.


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Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and the kids. June 2014, via Mariah Carey Instagram. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and the kids. June 2014, via Mariah Carey Instagram.

“I don’t comment on Mariah’s personal life,” Mariah's rep tells Us Weekly, “but Mariah is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour.”

Sources for Us say that, as a result of the rocky situation with Mariah, Nick hasn't been himself behind-the-scenes on America's Got Talent. “He’s more closed off this season,” a source says.

“He never talks about Mariah," says another source for the mag, "and she has never been to set in all the seasons he has hosted."


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Nick and Mariah met on the set of her "Bye Bye" music video and got married about a month later, in April 2008. This was Nick's first marriage and the second for Mariah, who was previously married to producer Tommy Mottola.

The multiple Grammy winner has also opened up about having a miscarriage before conceiving her twins. And that pregnancy wasn't without several serious complications, including gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

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This article was originally published on Aug 23, 2014

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Haley Overland is a writer/editor at Today's Parent. Our resident celebrity queen, she dishes out all the sweetest scoop on celebrity families at our Celebrity Candy blog. She has interviewed celeb moms like Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and Jillian Michaels, and has shared her expertise on CTV’s ETalk. Haley also has an award-winning personal blog,, where she writes about everything from motherhood to yoga, her dog “Betty White” and what it's like to be Clive Owen's girlfriend. Haley has two kids, whom she fondly refers to online as “The Monkey” and “The Rascal.”