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Nick Cannon Covers Rolling Out; Talks Health Scare And Wife Mariah Carey

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Nick Cannon is arguably one of the hardest working men in Hollywood. In addition to hosting the hit NBC reality television series America’s Got Talent, the 32-year-old is currently working on a revived version of his comedy show Wild ‘n Out for MTV2, and currently has a deal with NBCUniversal to produce scripted and unscripted material for the network. All the while, he is married to the ultimate diva, Mariah Carey, with whom he has two children, two-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan Scott Cannon.

In a recent interview with Rolling Out, Nick speaks on people not thinking he’s edgy enough, the health scare that left him hospitalized because of mild kidney failure (he was eventually diagnosed with lupus nephritis, an autoimmune disease), and being married to Mariah. Check out highlights below.

ON PEOPLE NOT THINKING HE WAS EDGY ENOUGH EARLY IN HIS CAREER:

“I laughed at it. I couldn’t care less what people say about me this week or next week. I’m trying to build a 50-year career. [People] like Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr. — I know people had things to say [about them] at that moment, but when you step back and look and see what these people did to affect culture — that’s my goal.”

ON HIS HEALTH ISSUES:

“My health scare last year was crazy because [when you have] doctors telling you ‘This might be it,’ and they’re preparing your family and saying it can go either way or there’s a 50/50 chance and all of that stuff, it puts life in perspective. I was a brand-new father — my kids weren’t even 1-year-olds at the time. And it was just like ‘If I do get a chance to do it again, I’m going to make sure all of the things that matter, I focus on. And the things that don’t matter, I let ‘em fall by the wayside.’ And because I still deal with the health condition to this day, it just makes me hungry and makes me grind harder, because we’re not promised tomorrow. I’m doing everything I can do to keep myself healthy, but at the same time, in the back of mind I [know] the clock is ticking. I need to leave my mark. That’s what everybody should do. You’ve got to leave this place better than it was when you got here. I feel like I can’t waste one day. That’s why when people say ‘your work ethic is crazy,’ I’m like ‘The clock is ticking.’ I gotta leave something.”

ON BEING MARRIED TO MARIAH CAREY:

“Being married to my wife is one of the easiest things about my life. It’s so natural and it’s rooted in love, so when you hear stuff, that doesn’t even resonate. It’s laughable at times. Obviously, like I said in my last stand-up special — I get it. I see how [our marriage] came out of left field and people were like ‘Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon? That don’t go together!’ But that’s what love is all about — especially the type of love we want to represent.”

People can say what they want about Nick, but they have to respect the man’s hustle. You can read the rest of Nick’s interview on Rolling Out‘s website.

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