This year had a rocky start for Nick Cannon, 32, who faced kidney failure in January and a diagnosis with a lupus-like, autoimmune disease in March.
But the America’s Got Talent host has more than bounced back, focusing on family life with wife Mariah Carey and 18-month-old twins Monroe and Morrocan—all while juggling a host of new projects. On Nov. 19, Cannon will host the TeenNick HALO Awards, a ceremony he founded to honor philanthropic teens. Plus, news of an upcoming revival of his MTV comedy show, Wild ‘N Out, made headlines this week, along with news of a forthcoming sequel to his breakout 2002 film, Drumline.
The star talked to PARADE about family, his health, and the famous fight between Carey and fellow American Idol judge Nicki Minaj.
On helping Carey handle her feud with Minaj.
“I don’t need to give her any advice, because my wife is the strongest and classiest woman I’ve ever met. She knows how to handle herself extremely well.”
On balancing family life with a busy schedule.
“Family comes first. That’s really what it is, and then everything else kind of works around that. As long as we prioritize and make sure our kids and each other are first, then our occupations come after that, even though we’re extremely busy. We take the time out to make sure we focus on each other when we need to.”
On who the twins are growing up to be like: him or Carey.
“We’ve got two, so I think we kind of got a little bit of each of us. My daughter is probably more like me, and my son is more like my wife in certain areas. But then obviously, my daughter is definitely into feminine, prissy, glamorous things like her mother.”
On how he’s feeling after a year of health issues.
“I feel great. I’m in tip-top shape. It was scary at the top of the year, but once you start doing what you’re supposed to do, you’re good.”
On the newly announced revival of Wild ‘N Out.
“We’re doing some fun changes and flipping it on its head a little bit, making it a little more raw, a little more edgy. We’re doing it in New York City, so that in itself is going to take it to a whole other level. Before, it used to be in Hollywood, and now we’re in the biggest and best city in the world, New York. It’s the birthplace of hip-hop, and it just makes the most sense for the show.”
On the (also newly announced) sequel to Drumline.
“I always thought Drumline would make a great television show. Drumline 2 will actually be a two-hour version of the first episode for a television show on VH1. It’s going to be a dramedy with the same tone as the film. When you think of the shows that are on now, like Glee, and even The Game on BET, it will have those tones.”
On whether he’ll star in Drumline 2.
“I’ll probably make a cameo, but I’ll be mostly in the background. My character was based off the music producer Dallas Austin, and so I think my character will probably be in and out of different episodes, as well as the film, as a very successful music producer that [band director] Dr. Lee can call on and say ‘Hey, I was the one who discovered you and got you on the right path.’ Whenever he needs a favor, he calls on my character. We’re trying to bring a lot of the other characters back and we’re looking forward to discovering new talent.”
On the TeenNick HALO Awards.
“There will be so many powerful young people in the building, and it’s all about them on that night. Ne-Yo will be there to perform, but the thing that’s really cool is it’s mainly about the young people. And [celebrity guests Emma Stone, Justin Bieber, Tyra Banks, and Josh Duhamel] were gung ho to be involved. It’s going to be good.”