So Elle sat down with both Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon for their October issue. Is it just me or does anyone else thing that Nick wouldn’t be interviewed in Elle if it wasn’t for him being married to Mariah?
Here are some highlights from their interview:
Congratulations on the album! Can you describe the new sound?
Each song is its own snapshot of a moment in a story. But overall, the vibe is R&B hip hop with a lot of slow jams.
Its a Georgian manor. We basically redid the entire thing, from the floors to landscaping to the closets, which are inspired by my New York apartment, with a mens and womens department store esque feeling! Of course, I have the salon and Nick has a basketball court, which is his favorite place in the house. And I love having the outdoor space so the dogs can play. Its not too small; its not too big; its not a monstrosity. Its a home.
No, Im bicoastal and always have been. When I came to L.A., I just used to stay in hotels or rented homes.
How often do you think about music? Is it always in your head?
Constantly! It has been ever since I can remember. I always have a song thats a melody Im making up, or a song on the radio. Music is a constant for me and it always will be.
and Nick’s interview:
As a rapper, comedian, TV show host, and Nickelodeon corporate honcho, Nick Cannon knows how to talk a good game, but he still had a hard time convincing the world that he would someday marry his celebrity crush, Mariah Carey. So when the singer cast Cannon (out of the blue!) as her boyfriend in a music video, he wasted no time sweet talking every guys fantasy into his reality. Just after the couples one year wedding anniversary, Cannon tells us about their love story.
How did you know that Mariah was the one?
We had a meeting about the video shoot at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and I ordered french fries. I always say grace over my food?coming from a family of ministers, its the way I was raised?so I said, Can you excuse me for a minute? and bowed my head. She said, You aint gonna pray over my food, too?! I do the same thing! A lot of people say theyre spiritual cause it seems like the right thing, but then she pulled an electronic Bible out of her purse. I never meet anyone in the business thats on the same level as I am spiritually, so that was the first thing that opened my eyes to, Whoa, this could be something unique. We spent the next weekend together, but it felt more like a getaway than a video shoot. It was also herwell, she doesnt have birthdays; she has, like, anniversaries of her twelfth birthday, so we had that celebration, and all weekend we were like, You too?! No way?get outta here!
I read that during the video shoot for Bye Bye, you would pass her little notes and give her candy, and you proposed with a candy ring. Do you still make romantic gestures like that?
Absolutely! She really loves balloons, so I found a place that will put toys and messages inside, so you gotta pop the balloon to get them. Another thing: Ever since that first conversation about spirituality, I would e mail her a daily encouragement that had a Bible verse and words of inspiration. I called them Daily Es. After six months, she lost her BlackBerry, and she was so upset that she had lost them. She had no idea that I had been saving every last one of the Daily Es, so I had them published in a leather bound book and gave it to her on our one year anniversary.
Everyone calls her Mimi or MC, but I call her Mariah. She calls me Peanuthead because my heads shaped like a peanut.
You recently posted a very heated note to Eminem after he called Mariah names and poked fun at you in his new song. Were you defending your ladys honor?
I had to let it be known that I would never just sit quiet and let someone disrespect my wife like that. It wasnt no real beef or anything like that. He dont want it.
Youve put out two rap albums. Have you and Mariah ever thought of making sweet music together?
I am not worthy to be on a Mariah Carey record. Shes a true artist, so I just step back and watch the genius occur. <————- Awwwwwwww