Nick Cannon is coming clean — again — about his celibacy after news broke that he’ll be welcoming his ninth child with model and actress Bre Tiesi. During a recent sit-down with pal Angela Yee on her podcast “Lip Service,” Cannon revealed that he struggled to remain committed to his promise following the death of his infant son Zen.
As previously reported and as the “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” actor reiterated, his therapist advised him to essentially “slow down” before he claims he eventually abandoned abstinence. However, he told the group it seemingly became his outlet following Zen’s passing in December 2021 from brain cancer. The infant was only 5 months.
“My therapist, when I started my stuff, had told me I needed to chill out, so I was like ‘Yo, let’s try celibacy.’ And that was like October. I didn’t even make it to January,” he admitted. “That was the whole thing, I was supposed to make it to the top of the year, but then obviously, I started going through some stuff. I just got depressed with the loss of my son and stuff in December.”
Cannon continued, “The thing is, everybody saw I was so down. So everybody was like, ‘Let’s just give him a little vagina, and that’s gonna cure it all.’ And I fell victim to it because I was in a weak space,” he explained.
The actor said the holiday season only increased his temptation. “So, in December — especially right before Christmas — I started f-cking like crazy, and that’s when I like broke the celibacy. I was probably celibate like a month and a half strong.”
The actor’s decision to continuously welcome more children from various women has sparked widespread debate on social media. Many have run to the defense of the former child star, including one Instagram user who wrote, “Why when he doing it Issa problem but y’all will literally have a baby wit a nigga that don’t even take care of his first 2 kids but swear sh-t gone change for you that’s literally the same thing.”
“The double-standards is so real I can’t make this sh-t up,” commented another supporter.
A third person stated, “How is he creating broken homes if they were never whole to begin with? If the woman and Nick are fine with having a child but not being married, how and why is that any of your f*cking business? How is this affecting anyone else?” They added, “The children are provided for. You never hear of any of these women taking Nick to court for child support. People should mind their business. Do you want to have a child with him?”
Still, many argued that Cannon’s behavior was reckless regardless of his wealth, and his lack of presence due to his several other obligations could affect his children.
“He wrong and the woman allowing it is wrong. Creating deficits intentionally for your child is weird,” one critic commented, before another chimed in, “I know he can financially take care of all his kids but I think it’s funny how this country tries to regulate women’s bodies but don’t consider giving men vasectomies after 5 kids.”
During his interview, Yee asked the star to clarify reports that he was expecting three more bundles of joy, to which he shyly answered, “Well, yeah. The stork is on the way. … I don’t know, it could be. You know, this is what I said, ‘If you thought the numbers I put up in 2021. … Wait up until 2022.’ You know, there were a lot of kids last year.”