Two kids with two homes is twice as nice. Single dad Nick Cannon told Us Weekly exclusively on Monday, Mar. 16, that his twins Moroccan and Monroe will get to “experience both worlds” living in their parents’ separate homes in New York City and New Jersey.
Mariah Carey‘s estranged husband, 34, recently purchased a property in the Garden State following his split from his wife last year. “Yeahhh, I’m having fun there,” Cannon told Us at the launch of his new children’s book, Neon Aliens Ate My Homework, at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in NYC. “I’m getting to know the neighborhood. It’s really cool.”
The America’s Got Talent host and his 3-year-old twins previously lived with Carey in her posh Tribeca townhouse (famously featured in a classic episode of MTV’s Cribs back in the day), which includes a direct view of the Empire State Building. Cannon said, however, that he was drawn to the greenery surrounding his new suburban digs.
“I mean, it’s another area for family,” he told Us. “To be able to have a lawn and a lake in the back — stuff like that. I grew up in the projects, so I didn’t really get the opportunity to have any of that growing up. Even in the city. My kids kind of get to experience both worlds. They get Manhattan and a little bit of Jersey.” (Us Weekly confirmed that the two were headed for divorce and have been living separately since last June. Cannon filed divorce documents back in January.)
“Dem babies” will also get to enjoy their brand-new bedrooms, which both twins have diligently decorated with their father. “Yeah, they did it all, they did it all themselves,” he told Us excitedly. “It was kind of cool watching them pick out all their stuff. My daughter’s picking out all the princess stuff. My son’s picking out all the car stuff. So it was fun!”
He added that his favorite rooms in his new home are “probably my kids’ rooms. Those are really the ones. I had a lot of fun decorating them, and spending a lot of time in there. You get to do a boy’s room and a girl’s room, so we had a lot of fun with that.”
Decorating and polishing the remainder of the rooms, however, has been “difficult” for the busy multi-hyphenate. Luckily, Cannon has a special lady helping him design his home. “My mom’s helping me out,” he told Us. “I’m kind of allowing my mom [into the home] to give it a feminine touch. But it’s mainly for the kids, so it’s real fun.”
The St. Mary’s supporter told Us that aside from revamping his home, he’s also been focused on his work with the hospital. “I mean it’s a hospital, but it’s like the happiest place on earth,” he noted. “The staff here is so amazing and all that they do for these kids is really inspiring. It helps me put things in the right perspective.”
Cannon also gave a mega shout-out to the brave kids fighting illnesses. “I can’t give enough words of inspiration to these young people. They inspire me,” he told Us. “I mean, just the way they carry on and smile…Knowing all that they go through, [for them] to be able to smile, to be able to have a good time — that’s the most inspiring thing. I come here for inspiration and so there’s nothing I could say to continue to inspire them except to continue to spread the love and the joy that they have inside of them.”
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