After the recent release of her new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mariah Carey sat down with husband
Nick Cannon for an interview where the couple opened up about having children, Mariah and Nick’s age difference and her belief she wouldn’t have even lived this long.
Check out pieces of the interview below...
So, are you ready for kids?
Mariah: Definitely, we want a family.
Nick: Yes, of course. It’s at the forefront of our minds. We’re very close. But we want to enjoy our first year together. We didn’t have a stable environment. The first year we were in L.A. in a hotel and then we were like, “Let’s get a house.”
Mariah: But don’t think I’m moving to L.A.
Nick: We live in both places. We need to figure out where we are going to raise our kids. Here or L.A.
Mariah: New York.
How many kids?
Nick: We’d like two.
Mariah: Of course, we’d be happy with one. I want to be able to manage the right amount of attention. We are so busy—if you have six kids running around, no one gets what they need. Kids need a lot of attention.
Mariah, could you let Nick be the sole breadwinner and just be a mom?
Mariah: I could definitely just be a mommy, but I would do other stuff like working on my fragrance, Forever. I love working but I would be able to be with my kids. I could do it.
Nick is 10 years younger than you. Does that ever worry you?
Mariah: I am very happy. I don’t believe in numbers or ages. I don’t celebrate birthdays—I celebrate anniversaries. I think it’s sexist that people make such a big deal that women marry men who are younger—men do it all the time. Age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Who cares?
It seems like 40 is a pivotal age in Hollywood.
Mariah: I find it offensive. It unfairly taints women in particular, and makes people look at you differently. I lived with that my whole life. Honestly, I never thought I’d live this long.
You thought you’d die by now?
Mariah: I have always been grateful for everything I had, but my personal life was a mess. So many artists just exist for their careers and then burn out quickly. That was me before I met Nick, and he helped me. I always thought that I wouldn’t be here at this point. I was thinking, “Okay, I’ve got another year of life left. This has got to be the end of it.” Finally, he was like, “Stop talking like that.” I have been obsessed with the whole Marilyn Monroe thing my whole life—all those artists who died young.