Despite a 12-year age difference, Mariah Carey wed Nick Cannon following a two-month whirlwind courtship. But six years and two children later, the celebrity couple are reportedly headed for divorce after living separately much of 2014. ‘Mariah has had several closed door meetings with divorce lawyers,’ a source told In Touch Weekly.
‘But Nick’s being more passive. He’s less inclined to pull the trigger, perhaps because of the kids. He’ll definitely wait for Mariah to file for divorce, but he won’t go down without a fight. He wants a chunk of her $500 million fortune.’
They added: ‘Nick’s sensible and realizes that the twins would have a more stable existence if Mariah had full custody. But he wants generous visitation rights.’
Aside from their three-year-old fraternal twins Monroe and Moroccan, the feuding pair share four lavish homes in New York, Los Angeles, Aspen, and Windermere Island (in the Bahamas). The 45-year-old pop diva and the 33-year-old presenter are allegedly having a trial separation while they renovate their $10 million Tribeca loft and sell their Bel Air mansion for $13 million.
Normally over-the-top with PDA-filled posts – Cannon hasn’t tweeted anything about Carey since November, and Mariah last shared a family portrait for Father’s Day in June. The duo’s last red carpet appearance was at the SAG Awards in January, and their last public sighting was at a February 12 MTV event.
According to Page Six, the former American Idol judge was so suspicious of Nick’s nightclub hosting gigs she hired a security guard. ‘When they spend time together these days, it’s just bickering. Mariah seemed to give up on the marriage earlier this year. And now he’s checked out too.’
It didn’t help matters when the five-time Grammy winner – who divorced Tommy Mottola in 1998 – saw her Me. I Am Mariah album sell a dismal 103,000 copies. Nick currently hosts the ninth season of America’s Got Talent, which airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC.