May 13 2011

Nick Talks About Mariah & The Babies

Moroccan and Monroe have two parents who are extremely blessed and excited to have welcomed them to the world. This time, it's Nick's turn to gush about the twins and share details with us about what it's like to be a new dad. TV Squad: You chose two very unique names -- Monroe and Moroccan -- how did you guys pick them? Nick Cannon: Yeah, I heard the names have been causing quite the controversy as well. [Laughs] It's funny, I always say we had our names picked out very early on -- we picked one of the names like the first date that we had. But it's kind of weird that they stayed the same. Monroe, obviously, my wife has always been inspired by Marilyn Monroe ... she bought her priceless piano and all that stuff. And I just like the idea that is was more than just naming our daughter Marilyn. I think that would've been a little too cliché. Monroe is a very strong name -- it sounds really elegant. And then Moroccan was kind of more my pick. When you think about Moroccan, it's kind of both of our names together -- Mariah and Nick together. And I always like the name Rock. Rock Cannon. It sounded like a strong name. We also have Moroccan rooms in our houses in L.A. and in New York. I've always thought that was kind of cool ... I actually proposed to my wife in the Moroccan room in New York, so it has a lot of symbolism. We like it a lot. I love that. Also with twins, realistically you could be done having kids now ... Yeah, I think we are if you ask my wife. [Laughs] I keep threatening her with getting her pregnant again, and she doesn't like it. She doesn't think that's funny. I heard women are their most fertile after they have children ... [Laughs] EW: Now that you are a father, you’re probably getting great material from the twins. Nick Cannon: Yeah I got tons of jokes already. Ready to hit the stage ASAP. How is it being a father? Ah, man, it’s amazing. It’s surreal. Probably the most beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me is to be able to have a family and to be able to just live in that moment as long as you possibly can. The names Moroccan and Monroe have gotten a lot of attention. Did you two anticipate that? I had no idea it was gonna get that much attention. We don’t sit around and like calculate what we’re gonna do. These are things that we really feel. We’re creative and eccentric people, so clearly a lot of people are gonna have opinions about the deicisions we make. But we don’t really care at the end of the day. They’re meaningful names to us and they’re special to us. I guess that’s the purpose of having a name: for people to take notice. So we’re off to a good start. Who do they look most like? A lot of people [say] they look like me. It’s funny, we have our own baby pictures in the room, and we’re like holding them to the baby and like, “Wel l, he kinda has your head and my eyes.” I would say it’s a mixture of both right now. OK Magazine: Nick made it clear that being part of Mariah’s birthing experience was a “production.” “Now, my wife wanted to make sure that when the babies came out, that they came out not only to a Mariah Carey song, but a live performance from Mariah Carey — her Madison Square Garden performance of ‘Fantasy’— so they came out to a round of applause,” he revealed of the birth. Check out a clip of Nick talking about playing a live performance of "Fantasy" when the kids were born in his interview with Gayle King.
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