Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Plus Babies Makes Four

Mariah and Nick talk pregnancy, parenthood and nasty rumours
Wednesday , 26 October 2011
Singer/actress Mariah Carey (L) and singer Nick Cannon
Singer/actress Mariah Carey (L) and singer Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

It’s a baby boom in celeb-ville this year and it seems every celebrity couple is taking the step. Last Friday saw the public debut of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s twins Monroe and Moroccan. The couple has kept their new-borns away from the public eye for six months since their birth in April, revealing them now for the first time.

The couple made their baby photos available online and the singer created a website called dembabies.com, containing an intimate album of family photos from hospital snaps and to cute dressing up pictures for Halloween!

The new family didn’t want to do the typical thing of selling their first baby photos to a magazine, the singer said, “We decided to share this beautiful experience with you in a special intimate portrait of our family.” Nick who is currently hosting America’s Got Talent tweeted, “Instead of selling baby photos we wanted to share our family blog with everyone go to DEMBABIES.COM now.” The twins even have their own twitter account where Mariah posts private family photos of the family, asking fans for their favourite baby picture votes.

Talking about parenthood, Mariah said, “Parenthood is absolutely the most life changing experience we could ever have imagined. The love we feel for these babies is above and beyond anything we’d ever dreamed of.”

But it wasn’t all smiles. The multiplatinum singer had a difficult pregnancy as she suffered from gestational diabetes and was at risk of seizures, meaning that she was confined to bed rest. She also experienced false labour pains and made multiple trips to the hospital.

Mariah admitted that pregnancy was tough on her, saying, “‘My body went through so much – you have to keep those twins in as long as possible, but it’s a sacrifice you make for them.”

“I don’t think I understood the enormity and the magnitude of what it really does to your body,” she added. “Unless somebody’s been through it, it’s difficult to understand what I went through, because my pregnancy was very unique in terms of what happened.”

Mariah has always struggled with her weight, having yo-yo dieted for most of her career. There are always concerns that weight issues may develop, but for now she has been working hard to shift her pregnancy pounds, tweeting pictures of her walking the dogs and exercising in the sea.

Her pregnancy was made even more difficult with nasty speculations that Mariah had been drinking alcohol in hospital. The couple was upset by this rumour which circulated after a nurse suggested Mariah drink a small amount of Guinness to help improve breastfeeding, so she says.

Nick hit back at rumours saying, “I don’t know if someone overheard that, but then they were saying that my wife was drinking beer and all that stuff. It’s like people would do anything to conjure up a story.”

The American actor added that they were frustrated by the lengths people would go to, to get close to their new-borns. “There have been photographers posing as many people in the hospital or people trying to get pictures of the kids, which is really sad when you think about people trying to make a buck off newborn babies,” he complained.

So what can we expect from the twins? The super-star parents have already agreed that they don’t want their children to follow in their famous parents’ footsteps.

“Society puts too much on entertainment and entertainers,” Nick ranted. “They praise them like they’re royalty, especially in America, where it should really be about the teachers or, you know, the doctors. I want them to be able to sing as beautifully as their mother. I want them to be able to play instruments and everything. But I want them like … ‘Go get a Ph.D.’”

Mariah, 39, and Nick, 28, welcomed their twins to the world on April 30, on their third wedding anniversary, at a hospital in LA.

The twins have started developing their own personalities, and the happy couple are more than happy to gush about them. Their daughter Monroe is a diva-in-the-making like Mariah and their son Moroccan is laid back like Nick.

Mariah said, “When [Moroccan] wakes up, he wakes up smiling. He’ll wait for a minute and if he’s hungry, he’ll let you know. My daughter is just instant, she goes in and will not stop crying till you give her what she wants.”