For Nick Cannon, when it comes to family, the more the merrier.
The actor and television host has made headlines in recent years for having multiple babies with different women in a short period of time, which he has said is “no accident.” Each pregnancy was planned and intentional, and his relationships with the mothers of his children are healthy and consensual, Cannon said.
In September, Cannon announced the arrival of his 10th child, Rise Messiah Cannon, whom he shares with Brittany Bell. But Rise may not be the only addition to Cannon’s family tree this year.
During an appearance on Angela Yee’s “Lip Service” podcast in June, the 42-year-old said he is expecting more children this year. “The stork is on the way,” Cannon said at the time, without giving more details on how many he is expecting.
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Here’s a breakdown of all the kiddos that make up the Cannon clan.
How many kids does Nick Cannon have?
Cannon is currently the father of 10 children: Moroccan, Monroe, Golden, Powerful Queen, Zion Mixolydian, Zillion Heir, Zen, Legendary Love, Onyx Ice and Rise Messiah.
How many kids is Nick Cannon expecting?
Cannon is expecting another child with Alyssa Scott and is reportedly having a third child with Abby De La Rosa. According to People, the two celebrated the pregnancy with a babymoon in October.
Nick Cannon’s kids with Mariah Carey
Cannon shares 11-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-wife Mariah Carey. The former couple welcomed “Roc & Roe” in 2011.
Nick Cannon’s kids with Brittany Bell
Cannon welcomed his first child with journalist Brittany Bell, a 5-year-old son named Golden, in February 2017.
Cannon’s second child with Bell, a 1-year-old daughter named Powerful Queen, was born in December 2020.
The birth of Rise Messiah marked Cannon’s third child with Bell. Cannon announced Rise’s arrival in an Instagram post in September.
“Another Blessing!!!” Cannon wrote. “Probably the most difficult labor and delivery I have ever witnessed! 48 hours of excruciating pain and life risking danger to welcome 10 pounds of Love and joy.” Cannon also called Bell “the rock and foundation of my Fatherhood journey… She has taught me so much about parenting, psychology, spirituality, love and just life in general.”
Nick Cannon’s kids with Abby De La Rosa
Cannon welcomed twin sons Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir with Abby De La Rosa in June 2021.
In October, De La Rosa shared a maternity shoot with her twin sons and revealed she was expecting another child. “I’m excited to continue to build each child up in love, truth and encouragement,” she captioned the photos.
At the time, Cannon also shared the photos on his Instagram Story, per Entertainment Tonight.
Nick Cannon’s kids with Alyssa Scott
Zen, Cannon’s late son with model Alyssa Scott, was born in June 2021.
The newborn died at 5 months old in December 2021 after developing hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by the “buildup of fluid in the cavities (ventricles) deep within the brain,” according to the Mayo Clinic. The excess fluid puts pressure on the brain and can “damage brain tissues and cause a range of brain function problems.”
Cannon said Zen was about 2 months old when he noticed his son was having breathing issues, which he initially attributed to sinuses. Zen was eventually diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and after subsequent surgeries and procedures, the baby’s tumor began to grow faster, with Cannon’s son later succumbing to the illness.
In June, Cannon held a lighting ceremony to honor his son’s life and also mark the launch of Zen’s Light, a foundation dedicated to fostering “global excellence in hope, grief-care, and pediatric healthcare for families and children in need.”
Nick Cannon’s kids with LaNisha Cole
Cannon announced the birth of his daughter Onyx Ice in an Instagram post in September. The Emmy-nominated host shares Onyx with photographer LaNisha Cole.
Nick Cannon’s kids with Bre Tiesi
Cannon and Bre Tiesi, a real estate agent and model, announced the birth of their son Legendary Love in July.
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What Nick Cannon has said about fatherhood, his growing family tree
Cannon alluded to the largeness of his growing family tree on his eponymous talk show in January and said the love he has for his children is all the same.
“Parents know what I mean when I talk about just the love that you have for a child, whether it’s a child that’s here, whether it’s a child that’s no longer here, whether it’s a child that’s grown, whether it’s a child that’s about to be here,” Cannon said. “It doesn’t matter how many you have. It’s this unconditional love, this godly-like love that comes over the process.”
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Cannon spoke about the scrutiny and ridicule he received as a parent. “I’m not impervious to hearing and reading what people say about me,” Cannon said. “It definitely affects me because I’m a human being.”
“And it’s hard sometimes because I hear people say they think I’m crazy or that something’s wrong with me or even more so when they say I’m careless or irresponsible and selfish,” Cannon continued.
In January, Cannon also shared on his talk show that he pursued celibacy at the recommendation of his therapist in order “to get my life under control,” but was no longer celibate. He also got a consultation for a medical vasectomy, telling E! News’ “Daily Pop” in May that he wasn’t “looking to populate the Earth completely.”
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Contributing: Jenna Ryu, Elise Brisco and Amy Haneline, USA TODAY