Nick Cannon sat down with ET‘s Nischelle Turner to speak about his new Wild ‘N Out sports bar in Miami, and he also discussed Mariah Carey disclosing her battle with bipolar disorder.
Cannon said he was “in awe of her strength” after she shared her diagnosis with her fans. Carey’s ex-husband said he was aware of her mental illness, but there weren’t “titles thrown around the house.” He said he and his family dealt with her issues one day at a time. Carey’s disorder was not treated as a setback in the same way Cannon’s battle with lupus was not.
“The things that, you know, so many people have to deal with, so many different families–so many people have internal things that they are dealing with—and she continues to hold it together in a way where it just looks seamless. Even when we were together I was in awe, but even on the outside looking in, it’s like, she does it with so much strength and so much beauty, you can’t argue with it, and she is going to help so many people,” Cannon stated.
“I have never seen one person have to deal with so much and have the weight of the world on their shoulders and cameras constantly in their face–every angle you turn, there is someone snapping a picture, wanting you to be on, and she does it with so much grace and so much poise,” Cannon told the entertainment show.
He suggests that her fans go back and listen to her music because she was telling her story through her songs.
Carey and Cannon divorced 2016 but continue to co-parent their twins. “There will always be unconditional love and a great relationship,” he says. “That is one of my best friends in life, so it is always going to be that, so the fact that there is no bad blood and we can still co-exist, I think that is the best place for it.”
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.