Being a celebrity takes a certain amount of armor. Social media has given anyone with fingers a platform to ridicule, condemn, scrutinize and judge anyone brave enough to expose their private life online — even when they aren’t trying to let the public in.
That being said, Nick Cannon presumably has skin like an armadillo. From his long-running feud with Eminem and his marriage to Mariah Carey to his multiple children with multiple women and spiritual beliefs, the Wild ‘N Out founder has bared the brunt of endless jokes.
On Monday (February 7), someone with an insane sense of humor delivered The Masked Singer host an entire vending machine stocked with Magnum condoms, complete with a giant red ribbon on top. As anyone paying attention to entertainment news knows, Cannon has several children and is currently expecting No. 8.
“Looks like somebody just sent me an early Valentine’s Day gift!!” he captioned the not-so-subtle hint to wrap it up. “Vending Machine full of Magnums.”
Nick Cannon welcomed daughter Powerful Queen, his second child with Brittany Bell, in December 2020 then twins with Abby De La Rosa on June 14, 2021 and another son named Zen Cannon with model Alyssa Scott born just nine days later. Cannon already shares 9-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, with Carey and is also the father to a 3-year-old son named Golden with Bell.
During the January 31 episode of The Nick Cannon Show, Cannon confirmed he’s expecting yet another child, this time with the ex-wife of former NFL star Johnny Manziel, Bre Tiesi. At the same time, he addressed online criticisms that he’s “careless, irresponsible and selfish” for having so many children. He also revealed he knew about Tiesi’s pregnancy before Zen died in December 2021 and struggled with knowing how to disclose it to the public.
“We didn’t expect Zen to pass away,” he said. “All of the news was so unexpected, so to kind of figure out a chronological order or hierarchy, it kept me up at night. I always talk about the guilt that I feel in losing in Zen and even how to deal with this for my other children. And that was a lot of the guilt, the guilt for everyone involved.
“And I just really want to say thank you to every one of my family members who’ve just been so understanding in helping me through this process. I wanted to definitely respect the grieving process with Alyssa and Bre was respectful enough. She held off on making her announcements and speaking on social media.”
In addition to all of his television and radio gigs, Cannon is currently getting ready to drop an R&B mixtape called Raw ‘N B: The Explicit Tape. In a recent interview with HipHopDX, the busy entrepreneur talked about the forthcoming project and explained why he described is as “the gospel to [his] broken soul.”
“Music has always been an outlet for me,” he said. “And that’s something I’ve always really, honestly, kept private. Because my public persona was always the nice, happy-go-lucky, always positive guy. So music has always been a place of therapy for me. And people don’t even know I was a trained musician and been playing instruments since I was kid. And really, I come from the church. So that’s where music began for me and where music is always laid.
“So even my rap career was … I was young and a little bubblegum-y and all of that. But the true musician in me was always somebody I’d be singing gospel music and singing my pain and singing. For now, just to be able to have the ability to display that and open that up, has really been a vision.”