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Nick Cannon: 'My Wife is the Strongest and Classiest Woman I've Ever Met'

PARADE Published: November 14, 2012
This year had a rocky start for Nick Cannon, 32, who faced kidney failure in January and a diagnosis with a lupus-like, autoimmune disease in March.

But the America's Got Talent host has more than bounced back, focusing on family life with wife Mariah Carey and 18-month-old twins Monroe and Morrocan—all while juggling a host of new projects. On Nov. 19, Cannon will host the TeenNick HALO Awards, a ceremony he founded to honor philanthropic teens. Plus, news of an upcoming revival of his MTV comedy show, Wild 'N Out, made headlines this week, along with news of a forthcoming sequel to his breakout 2002 film, Drumline.

The star talked to PARADE about family, his health, and the famous fight between Carey and fellow American Idol judge Nicki Minaj.

On helping Carey handle her feud with Minaj.
"I don't need to give her any advice, because my wife is the strongest and classiest woman I've ever met. She knows how to handle herself extremely well."

On balancing family life with a busy schedule.
"Family comes first. That's really what it is, and then everything else kind of works around that. As long as we prioritize and make sure our kids and each other are first, then our occupations come after that, even though we're extremely busy. We take the time out to make sure we focus on each other when we need to."

On who the twins are growing up to be like: him or Carey.
"We've got two, so I think we kind of got a little bit of each of us. My daughter is probably more like me, and my son is more like my wife in certain areas. But then obviously, my daughter is definitely into feminine, prissy, glamorous things like her mother."

On how he's feeling after a year of health issues.
"I feel great. I'm in tip-top shape. It was scary at the top of the year, but once you start doing what you're supposed to do, you're good."

On the newly announced revival of Wild 'N Out.
"We're doing some fun changes and flipping it on its head a little bit, making it a little more raw, a little more edgy.

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