Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon let Barbara Walters ogle their babies on '20/20'


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Though they’ve been married for over three years now, it’s still a little bit difficult to believe that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are an actual couple. Perhaps it was the lack of public courtship or the sudden nature of their wedding, but there’s still a moment of, “Oh right, they’re married” every time they’re brought up.

On top of that, they’ve procreated! In fact, twins Morocco and Monroe (who are nicknamed, no joke, “Rock” and “Roe”) made their television debut last night on ABC’s 20/20. Barbara Walters sat the couple down and tilted her head just so for a gauzy chat that touched on Carey’s extremely difficult pregnancy (a high-risk one that featured a number of false labors and the development of gestational diabetes), what the babies heard while they were in utero (Carey described a special device that she wrapped around her abdomen so her twin fetuses could hear Stevie Wonder songs and “Hero”).

Walters also dove deep into the couple’s relationship, wondering aloud if Carey was nervous about marrying again after her first time around (with record mogul Tommy Mottola) ended disastrously. Carey complained that Mottola was too controlling, but as you can see in the footage below, she’s the one who clearly does the driving in the relationship. Throughout the sit-down, Cannon constantly deferred to Carey, often looking to her for approval of his responses.

For example, when Walters asked about Cannon’s tattoo that says “Mariah Forever,” he corrected her (it only says “Mariah”). “But it should say forever!” Carey said. “Because ‘Forever’ is my fragrance!” Plugs like that keep Carey in thousands of pairs of shoes and, according to the show, an estimated net worth of half a billion dollars. Still, Cannon gazes at his wife with a combination of supreme adoration and a little bit of “Holy crud, I’m married to Mariah Carey!”

The final reveal of the babies was, of course, adorable, though they were only a fuzzy duck and a hollow watermelon away from being in an Anne Geddes shoot. As Carey sang to the twins (who really do look a lot like her), Cannon noted that he thought too much pressure was put on entertainers’ kids to perform, so he’s going to encourage his twins to get their Ph.Ds. Of course, the children of professors are currently being told, “Just audition for American Idol!”

The main event was cute, but the whole piece has to be considered slightly disappointing. After all, once you’ve taken a bath, delivered ice cream on live TV in your pajamas, and taken over home shopping channels, that bar is going to be set impossibly high. Plus, it felt a little short. Did we really need all of that massive segment about Bernie Madoff? Wet get it! He was evil! NOW BRING US MORE ADORABLE POP STAR SCIONS!

What did you think of #DemBabies? Sound off in the comments!

Mariah Carey sings five octaves in about a minute: Listen here!
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Mariah Carey on the Home Shopping Network: Two hours distilled into four golden minutes — watch the video here

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  • Lorraine

    I’m glad to see Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are still happily married and now parents. I hope it lasts. Marriage, in my experience, takes work. A lot of work.

    • Adwina Lambert

      EW has always been biased against Mimi. watch out for EW’s take on beyonsh*t baby and they’ll say positive things !!! booo!!! tee-hee!

      • @Adwina Lambert

        Wow, bitter much?

    • allie

      aww!! they seem like a great couple! and really nice people! love nick cannon!

    • jay

      That woman should not be allowed to breed. it’s the nannies that will raise them.

      • leo

        You shouldn’t be allowed to type in public forums, yet here you are.

      • Mikey (Sublime00)

        What an awful think for you to say about another human being you know nothing, personally, about.

  • Rachel Wyatt

    Love Mariah Carey!! She deserves to be so happy with Nick Cannon and have lots of babies. Really lovely girl.
    I’m a new mother myself and I highly recommend having children. My hips are bigger…my breasts are bigger. I’m loving it! I feel like more of a woman now. It definitely makes me feel so much sexier than ever before.

    • Roygbiv

      You might want to put some limitations on that recommendation, Rachel. A) Not everyone should be a parent and B) Having a baby to feel sexier is the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard.

      • Robin Sparkles

        Roygbiv, if that’s the most asinine thing you’ve ever heard to have a child you should hear my cousin’s excuse. “You get $2000 for each kid when you do your taxes. DO IT!!” This was her advice to an older 30 something cousin of ours who was thinking about having children. I am NOT joking.

      • leo

        How is that asinine? Just because when your mom had you she blew up like a inflated cow doesn’t mean other women don’t blossom.

    • etm

      Rachel Wyatt=Lorraine

      • TV Viewer

        etm= idiot

  • JudyD

    Not to nit pic but, was there really not a picture of the BABIES FACES!?

    • leo

      There were plenty of pictures of their faces.

  • Yo

    Mariah Carey has difficulty doing warm and fuzzy: she was actually unpleasant to her husband, criticizing him in public, and trussed one of her very young children up in a suit. Both suggest a lack of concern with others’ comfort.

    • Acaseofgeo

      And Mariah is a VERY DANGEROUS mother. Has anyone seen some of the photos of the babies? Diamond headbands and PEARLS attached to their clothes. This is a serious choking hazard to an infant just for the sake of this overly materialistic rich woman’s jewelry fetish and ego.

      • Carrie

        What pictures? Before the Barbara Walters interview all there were were pictures of their hands. Also, lots of people put headbands on baby girls.

      • @carrie

        Thank you! I hate when people make things up!

      • albie

        with normal parents, that would definitely be nuts. however, these aren’t normal parents: they are the uber wealthy ($500 million, holy hell!) and if you don’t think they have round-the-clock nannies (probably one for each kid!), you’re nuts.

      • Acaseofgeo

        @ Carrie, AND @ @Carrie, PLUS Albie. CHECK OUT TMZ. That’s where I saw a picture of the babies, one with a diamond-crusted (it appears. I’m sure Mariah doesn’t use cubic zirconia) around the baby’s head and PEARLS attatched to her dress. CHOKING HAZARD. Maybe YOU guys aren’t worried (Albie), but THIS IS A CHOKING HAZARD. Apologies accepts because I did NOT MAKE THIS UP.

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      • One_love

        No, it’s true about the diamonds and pearls…
        and she has pics of the babies covered in soap suds!! Danger!!! she has a charity website with a crap load of pics at

  • Shaw

    Will Nick ever man up? Cougar Mariah is the more mature one who has always been in control of the relationship with her toyboy husband and had the power.

    • albie

      so what? mariah clearly has control of everything in her life, and if she wants to switch a few traditional gender roles (which in the 21st century are kind of antiquated anyway) to control her husband, let her. he can leave if he wants to (although i doubt it—he would be crazy to leave that fortune).

  • Dee Jones

    I can`t stand Barbara Walters! When she wrote that book and the only thing that caught everyone`s attention was she had an affair with the black politician who was married at the time. No one could stop talking about that. Something about her just irks me.

    • Ana

      Maybe it’s the fact that she’s not very smart that irks you. I know it’s bothered me for years.

  • Jeanna

    I agree. She dissed him several times in the interview to his face. I wonder what she meant by not trusting him. She seemed disconnected from him. The babies were adorable. I guess I was disappointed in the interview. Too short and their dynamic wasn’t warm and fuzzy. Poor Nick. He loves her.

    • leo

      Clearly, you don’t know what sarcasm is. She was obviously joking. Anyone who has paid any attention to Mariah knows she is rarely serious and is a very sarcastic person. Don’t be an idiot.

  • court

    ‘wet’ get it? perhaps supposed to read ‘we’ get it?

  • Adwina Lambert

    EW is always biased against Mimi… always saying harsh words. But if it were Beyonsh*t EW would be praising every move even that brazen lack of class in exposing the baby bump in the VMAs got ew’s thumbs up!! booooo!!! tee-hee!

    • @Adwina Lambert

      LOL….Your pathetic life is closing in on you.

  • janice

    Mariah and Nick cannon should ask themselves how many cds have barbara walters purchased. Whats wrong with fans seeing the twins? Their not going to become a child star, unless they let them.

  • cookie

    Yeah,what was up with the long story of Madoff?Was this so she could plug her book?That gave very little time for the Carey/Cannon segment.The twins are adorable,their relationship works for them,so what if she’s a little bossy?Most new moms are.I’m still surprised that after three years they are still happily married.

    • Robin Sparkles

      Am I the only one who thought that former Madoff lady was kinda quick with the “tears” and composed herself within less than 3 seconds to continue the interview?

      • Meri

        You are not alone…I thought the same thing. I would have much rather seen more of Mariah and Nick than that woman.

      • mg

        no I thought the same thing…her tears were not tears n she re-grouped n a matter of seconds!

  • Anonymous

    I was curious on what the babies looked like so I watched the 20/20 special. I must say they were cute… and I’m not a baby person to begin with. J.Lo’s kids…. yikes. Maybe in time they’ll grow into their looks. :\

  • PN

    Their babies are so beautiful! No wonder they waited 6 months to show them! Mariah even sang We Belong Together to her babies! And it was so fun to see her hubby Nick Cannon feeding that bottle of milk to one of her babies. For once Mariah doesn’t have that diva attitude–she’s very comfortable with being a mom to twins.

  • PN

    I can understand you’re disappointed about the piece, but maybe Mariah and Nick do not want their babies exposed too much to the magazines and media, not like Jennifer Lopez and a few other celebrities. They’re keeping them private. But it was fun to see what their babies looked like–they are so cute and adorable!

  • mg

    I thought it was 2 short, however I love them 2gether! People stop hating n being jealous. Be happy 4 them & those gorgeous babies. I just want 2b their Nanny. LOL! I pray their family stays 2gether so those beautiful babies will have a loving mother n father.

    • @mg

      You pray for that? You sound like a crazy person, loser.

    • etm

      Is it really so hard to type “to” and “for”?

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