Nick Cannon, a well-known actor and rapper, has recently received criticism for having a large family with multiple women. The media has labeled him as a “deadbeat dad,” but is this title justified? Let’s take a closer look at Cannon’s family situation and examine whether or not he deserves this title.
Cannon has a total of twelve children, with four different women. His most recent child was born in September 2022 to his longtime partner Brittany Bell. Despite having multiple children with different partners, Cannon has been very open and present in his children’s lives. In an interview with Insider, Cannon stated, “I love children. Everybody knows that. Whether it’s having more or adopting more in the future, that’s something we’ll figure out.” Cannon may have a unique family situation, but he seems to be a supportive and involved father.
The “Deadbeat Dad” Label
Despite Cannon’s efforts to be a good father, he has been villainized in the media for his unconventional family situation. The term “deadbeat dad” is typically associated with fathers who are absent from their children’s lives and fail to provide financial support. However, Cannon has been present and supportive of his children. In an interview with USA Today, Cannon stated, “If I’m not physically in the same city with my kids, I’m talking to them, we’re FaceTiming, we’re texting. I’m in constant communication with my children.”
It’s worth noting that the responsibility of being a parent falls on both parties involved. Cannon’s co-parents – Mariah Carey, Brittany Bell, Abby De La Rosa, and Jessica White – have also been very present in their children’s lives. In fact, Abby De La Rosa stated in an interview with Billboard that Cannon is a “great father” and “very involved.”
While Cannon’s family situation may not be traditional, he has shown that he is a loving and involved father to his children. The “deadbeat dad” label is unjustified and is based on a narrow definition of what it means to be a good father. Instead of criticizing Cannon for his large family, we should celebrate his dedication to being a present and supportive parent to his children.