Nick Cannon has referred to Mariah Carey as the love of his life, despite the pair ending their marriage nine years ago.

In an interview with The Shade Room, the Wild ‘N Out host spoke fondly about his multiple baby mothers — with whom he’s fathered 12 children — but said he’s always considered Mariah Carey his greatest love.

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“Like the greatest? I mean, I always talk about that,” Cannon said of the Grammy-winning singer. “Then it goes viral, and our fans get mad at me. But I was 12 years old with Mariah Carey pictures on my wall, and that becomes my wife. And the fact that she’s the coolest person I ever met.”

He continued: “She’s just always happy, always doing for others. No matter what’s happening in life. I’m like, ‘Wow, a person can really operate like that and don’t allow negative energy into they space’ … When I found that out about how remarkable she was, that woman is not human. She’s a gift from God.”

This isn’t the first time Nick Cannon has continued to proclaim his love for his ex-wife. Last July, the Masked Singer host told The Hot Tee Talk Show that he’d get back with Mariah Carey in a second if the opportunity came up.

“Of course. That’s my fantasy. That’s somebody I will always love,” he said. “I will never have a love like I had with Mariah. If I had the opportunity … if it could be the way that it was? Pfft. I’m there.” He then added a reference to Carey’s 1995 single with, “Always be my baby” before concluding: “We belong together.”

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The comments come as the pair, who share 11-year-old twins, daughter Monroe and son Morooca, are allegedly seeking to change their current custody arrangement.

The two parents currently have co-custody, but Carey is reportedly seeking a full-custody arrangement because of how little Cannon sees the twins duo to obligations with his other children. A source informed Radar “the reality of the situation is that Monroe and Moroccan are usually with Mariah anyway. Nick doesn’t see much of them.”

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The source added that Carey “wants to put him on notice that he can’t just flit in and out of their lives while he attends to his other children,” and she wants legal standing as the twins’ primary caregiver.

The custody situation comes shortly after Cannon told Entertainment Tonight that it’s not up to him whether or not he has more children.

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“God decides when we’re done [laughs] but I believe I definitely got my hands full,” he said. “And I’m so focused. I’m locked in. But when I’m 85, you never know. I might.”