Nick Cannon Calls Monogamy Unhealthy, About 'Selfishness and Ownership'

Nick Cannon has shared his belief that monogamy is not "natural," adding that such relationships veer into the territory of "selfishness and ownership."

The TV personality, 41, has had seven children with four women over the years, sharing his first two with ex-wife Mariah Carey. It was also recently revealed that he's expecting his eighth child, with Bre Tiesi, bringing the total number of mothers to five.

Cannon, who welcomed four children over a span of 14 months, has now revealed that he feels more comfortable living a polyamorous life—though he stressed that the women who have had his children believe in monogamy.

Making an appearance on The Language of Love podcast with Dr. Laura Berman on Wednesday, The Masked Singer presenter Cannon said that he only considers somebody to be "not single" if they are married.

"Married is not single," he said, per People. "When you allow the government and paperwork to come in and say, 'This is a bond, this is a covenant' ... you're not single."

He went on: "You can still make covenants without getting the government involved, where two people say, 'We choose to be monogamous because we value this so much, we don't want anyone to be a part of this energy we have,' and I don't feel like that's healthy.

"I don't think monogamy is healthy. I feel like that gets into the space of selfishness and ownership."

At the top of the interview, the San Diego-born star said that the women with whom he has had his children "don't want any parts of any polygamy," though he admitted that the "world knows" that he has sexual relationships with other women.

When asked during his interview if all of his children were planned, Cannon said: "I'm going to take full responsibility. Any woman that I know that I have unprotected sex with, there's the potential to have a child.

"So I feel like if I have unprotected sex with anyone I know—because one, I value everything about me so much, if I've gotten to that point where I say, 'I can take off this condom,' I'm gonna say, 'She could be the mother of my child.'"

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Nick Cannon attends "Thoughts Of A Colored Man" opening night at Golden Theatre on October 13, 2021, in New York City. The TV personality has revealed in a new interview that he doesn't believe monogamy to be "natural." John Lamparski/Getty Images

The Wild 'N Out star stressed that he doesn't engage in unprotected sex with everyone, as he described himself as "the biggest germ freak in the world."

He said: "Every woman that I have a child with, there is definitely a conversation about, 'Wow, how amazing would this be?' I feel like every woman I have a child with are amazing mothers, and there was a thought process going into like, 'Man, she would be an amazing mother, she's desired children, I can't wait to see what type of mother she would be.'"

"So, in saying that, I would say that they're all planned," added the talk show host.

During the interview, he also singled out Carey, from whom he was divorced in 2014, saying: "Mariah and I co-parent very well. She and I are really great friends and she's kind of taught me so much. That's family."

'Different Setup'

He described his friendship with Carey as "a different setup" to the relationships he has with the other mothers of his children.

Cannon shares 10-year-old fraternal twins, Moroccan and Monroe, with Grammy-winning singer Carey; four-year-old son Golden and 14-month-old daughter Powerful Queen with Brittany Bell; and twin sons Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir, whom he welcomed with Abby De La Rosa in June 2021.

His youngest son, Zen, whom he shared with model Alyssa Scott, passed away at 5 months old in December 2021 after a brain cancer diagnosis.

In January, it was revealed that Cannon was expecting his eighth child, with Tiesi.

Nick Cannon and his ex-wife Mariah Carey
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey posed with their children Monroe (L) and Moroccan (R) on May 13, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Cannon said that he and Carey "co-parent very well." Rich Polk/FilmMagic