Nick Cannon Describes the ‘Guilt’ He Feels Over Not Being Able to Spend Enough Time With All of His Children

Nick Cannon recently appeared on an episode of The Checkup With Dr. David Agus, a new Paramount+ series that shows celebrities opening up about their personal health issues. While talking about his experience with lupus and losing a child to brain cancer, he offered a brief soundbite about parenthood.

More specifically, Cannon opened up about not being able to spend enough time with his children – in part due to his busy work schedule but also being ‘spread thin’ when it comes to having 11 children (and a 12th on the way) with six different women. He takes being a father seriously but adds it can be hard. 

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“Being a father of multiple kids, it’s always the biggest guilt on me that I don’t get to spend enough time with all my children, one ’cause I’m constantly working and two because I’m just spread thin,” Cannon said to Dr. Agus. Nonetheless, Cannon makes it work and ensures his children are his No. 1 priority. 

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Nick Cannon first entered parenthood when he had twins Monroe and Moroccan Scott on April 30, 2011, with then-wife Mariah Carey. He then had two children with Brittany Bell following his divorce with Carey – a son, Golden Sagon on February 21, 2017, and a daughter, Powerful Queen on December 23, 2020.

Between 2021 and 2022, Cannon welcomed another seven children (and an eighth on the way) with five different women – including five children in 2022. He now has three children with Bell, three with Abby De La Rosa, two with Alyssa Scott (one deceased), and one each with Bre Tiesi and LaNisha Cole

In his appearance with Dr. David Agus last week, Nick Cannon also opened up about his decision to forgo chemotherapy for his five-month-old son, Zen – who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. What he originally thought might be asthma turned out to be the worst-case scenario for his little one. 

“Seeing your son hooked up to all of those machines, and he had to go for a shunt two or three times, and that was heartbreaking every time. Even in that short amount of time, I couldn’t imagine him having to go through chemo,” Cannon said, speaking from experience after his battle with and recovery from lupus. 

Nick Cannon Isn’t the Only One Opening Up About His Health

The Checkup with Dr. David Agus is the newest medical-related talk show on Paramount+ and it’s already creating a lot of traction with viewers around the world. It premiered on December 6 with the first three episodes – featuring Michael and Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver, and Howie Mandel

Brothers and Michael Kutcher appeared in their first interview together and talked about a childhood filled with near-death experiences. Winfrey and Shriver open up about an overlooked side to women’s health – menopause – while Mandel was joined by his daughter, who talked about their battle with OCD.

The next three episodes were released on December 13 and featured Amy Schumer, Nick Cannon – who we spoke about above – and Jane Fonda joined by Lily Tomlin. Cannon was opening up about his son’s brain cancer diagnosis and subsequent death, as well as his life as a parent of 11 – soon to be 12. 

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Meanwhile, Schumer talked about her past drinking habits and difficult transition into motherhood. Fonda and Tomlin sat down to talk about aging gracefully and their secrets to living a long life – despite health struggles coming along the way. The six-episode miniseries is out and available to watch now.

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