Nick Cannon is in the hospital with pneumonia… weeks after it was confirmed he is set to welcome his 12th child over all: ‘Lupus warrior’
Nick Cannon revealed his Lupus diagnosis ten years ago.
‘Okay, so I guess I’m not Superman…’ the 42-year-old said in the caption, as he laid in a hospital bed with a mask on.
The latest: Nick Cannon revealed his Lupus diagnosis ten years ago. On Friday, the star, who is set to welcome his 11th child with Alyssa Miller and his 12th child with baby mama Abby De La Rosa, revealed he is in the hospital with pneumonia
‘I promised myself I would never be back at this place again… But this is a great lesson to take care of YOU or YOU won’t be able to take care of everyone else. Don’t trip though, I don’t need any well wishes or prayers, just some solid rest and I will be back on the journey to becoming stronger than ever…’
‘It’s just pneumonia, nothing I can handle. Crazy thing is, last night we was just rocking a sold out crowd at Madison square garden in front of thousands of fans, now I’m all alone in a tiny hospital room. Life is definitely a rollercoaster! #LupusWarrior.’
Nick was in a hospital gown with a face mask and beanie as he laid down on a hospital bed.
In January 2022, Nick marked ten years since he was diagnosed with Lupus, which is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation affecting a person’s lungs, heart, brain, blood cells, kidneys, skin and joints.
Get well soon: ‘Okay, so I guess I’m not Superman…’ the 42-year-old said in the caption, as he laid in a hospital bed with a mask on
His baby mama Abby De La Rosa shared his post and wrote: ‘Believing in gods healing hand over you, Prayers up for a real life superhero @nickcannon! We all need you,’ adding a prayer emoji.
His health scare comes weeks after Abby confirmed he is the father of her third baby – making it his 12th child overall.
The DJ and Only Fans star, who already share twins Zillion and Zion, 17 months, with Nick, recently posted a meme on her Instagram stories confirming that he is the dad and that she is not expecting twins as she previously had teased when she announced her pregnancy in June.
Kind words: His baby mama Abby De La Rosa shared his post and wrote: ‘Believing in gods healing hand over you, Prayers up for a real life superhero @nickcannon! We all need you,’ adding a prayer emoji
The confirmation that he is the dad comes after the actor revealed he is also having a baby with his other baby mama Alyssa Scott – his 11th child.
Abby and Alyssa’s pregnancies will be his 11th and 12th child; he has had 10 children with six different women.
Abby shared a meme that read: ‘1 night with a Libra can turn into 3-4 years. Be careful.’
She captioned it: ‘D**n! Lol 1 night turned into 4 years and 3 kids real quick… I see no lies here smh. Y’all be safe out there,’ adding laughing emojis.
Nick is a Libra (born October 8) and they have their twins together, confirming she is expecting one child – and not twins – with Nick.
Wow: Abby shared a meme that read: ‘1 night with a Libra can turn into 3-4 years. Be careful.’ She captioned it: ‘D**n! Lol 1 night turned into 4 years and 3 kids real quick… I see no lies here smh. Y’all be safe out there,’ adding laughing emojis
Father: The confirmation that he is the dad comes after the actor revealed he is also having a baby with his other baby mama Alyssa Scott – his 11th child; seen June 25, 2022 in LA
In June, Abby told her followers: ‘IM PREGNANT,’ teasing that it could be twins: ‘Another set of twins?!’ although Wednesday she revealed its one child and not twins.
Abby and Nick welcomed their twins Zillion and Zion on June 14, 2021.
Just last week, the tv host confirmed he was the father when he appeared in a daring nude maternity photoshoot with Alyssa, 29, who stood above him in a bath tub.
Meanwhile, his latest announcement with Alyssa arrives 11 months after the tragic death of the pair’s first son Zen, who died in December 2021 at five months old from an aggressive form of brain cancer.
In the stunning photos, Alyssa was seen standing nude with her growing baby bump prominently displayed in profile, while she wore her hair up with nothing else on but earrings and a bracelet.
She appeared to be stepping over Nick, who leaned against the edge of the bathtub and placed one hand over her stomach, while another rested delicately on her outer thigh.
June news: In June, Abby told her followers: ‘IM PREGNANT,’ teasing that it could be twins: ‘Another set of twins?!’
Baby or babies on the way: Nick and Abby welcomed twin sons Zillion Heir and Zion Mixolydian in June 2021 – they are now expecting a third child together
The actor and rapper, who also appeared to be nude, showed off his abundant tattoos while gazing affectionately up into Alyssa’s eyes.
In another sweet image — this time in black-and-white — Nick leaned forward to kiss Alyssa’s tummy.
She showed off a winning smile while looking down at him and covering her breasts with her hands, while her hair was now tied up in a towel.
A final photo featured a painting that was nearly identical to the first photo and placed on a marble table next to the tub while it was still filled with bubbles, though it wasn’t clear if it was painted from the photo, or if it served as the inspiration for the picture.
Alyssa captioned her sweet post, ‘a MIRACLE & a BLESSING,’ while adding a white heart emoji.
Father confirmed! Alyssa Scott confirmed that Nick Cannon, 42, was the father of her child when he appeared in a stunning nude pregnancy photoshoot with her, which she shared to Instagram in early November
Loving parents: In another sweet image — this time in black-and-white — Nick leaned forward to kiss Alyssa’s pregnant tummy while she smiled down at him
Art imitates life: A final photo featured a painting that was nearly identical to the first photo and placed on a marble table next to the tub while it was still filled with bubbles, though it wasn’t clear if it was painted from the photo, or if it served as the inspiration for the picture
She previously announced her pregnancy by showing off her growing baby bump in a blue dress as she cradled her daughter Zeela, five, in a snap captioned: ‘With you by my side…;
At the time, it wasn’t known if Nick was the father of her new baby.
He welcomed his third child with Brittany Bell — and 10th child overall — on September 23, 2022: son Rise Messiah Cannon.
This came just nine days after the birth of his ninth child, daughter Onyx Ice with model LaNisha Cole; Onyx was born on September 14, 2022.
Baby on the way: Alyssa previously shared in late October that she was pregnant with her third child — 11 months after the tragic death of her and Nick’s son Zen at five months (pictured with daughter Zeela)
Heartbreaking: Their son Zen died in December 2021 at five months old from an aggressive form of brain cancer
Photo: Alyssa initially sparked rumors she was pregnant again in May when she showed off a small bump while paying tribute to her mother, daughter and grandmother
Alyssa initially sparked rumors she was pregnant again in May when she showed off a small bump while paying tribute to her mother, daughter and grandmother.
She wrote: ‘Happy Mother’s Day. Today I’m grateful I was able to pick up the phone and hear my mom and grandmothers voice on the other line.
‘I’m grateful for my daughter who is holding my hand through this holiday. I mean it when I say my heart is with every woman and every mother today. Love. ‘
It was not clear whether the post was a throwback image, although she sported brunette locks in the snap, and was blonde throughout her pregnancy with Zen.
Diagnosis: Zen was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his head and a condition called hydrocephalus, which is an abnormal buildup of fluid in the ventricles (cavities) deep within the brain; Zen ultimately died on December 5, 2021
She later turned off comments on her post.
Her post comes less than a year after Nick and Alyssa’s beloved son Zen died from a brain tumor on December 5, 2021.
Zen had previously suffered from hydrocephalus, in which fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain and increases the size of the ventricles, putting pressure on the brain.
He was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his head and was rushed in for surgery. Zen made it out of surgery but his health began to deteriorate around Thanksgiving, and ultimately he died on December 5.
‘We knew since August that Zen’s time on this earth would be limited. We knew he would not make it to see 6 months,’ Scott previous shared in an Instagram post. ‘I am eternally grateful he was in the arms of the people who loved him most.’
On September 14 the former The Price Is Right model LaNisha Cole gave birth to Nick’s ninth child, a little girl called Onyx Ice Cannon.
When LaNisha gave birth to little Onyx last month, Nick already had his 10th and 11th children on the way by two separate women.
Baby time: He welcomed his eighth child, Legendary Love, with Bre Tiesi on June 28
Less than two weeks after Onyx arrived, Nick welcomed his 10th child, a son called Rise Messiah Cannon, with Brittany Bell, who he already shares two children with: daughter Powerful Queen, who turns two in December and son Golden, five.
Cannon is also the proud father to 11-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with ex-wife Mariah Carey, and twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir with Abby. He welcomed his eighth child, Legendary Love, with Bre Tiesi on June 28.
When he proudly announced Onyx’ birth in September, Nick anticipated the flak about his rapidly expanding family and begged the trolls to target only him.
‘I pray and ask others to please project all criticism and cynicism towards ME and not the loving and precious Mothers of my children,’ he said.
Baby mama: Nick is dad to daughter Powerful Queen, who turns two in December, and sons Golden Sagon, five, and Rise Messiah, six weeks, with Brittany Bell who is Miss Guam 2014
Nick pleaded with online commentators to refrain from ‘shaming or ridiculing’ LaNisha, whom he called ‘peaceful and non-confrontational.’
After the dashing funnyman’s 10th child was born, an Us Weekly source dished: ‘Mariah doesn’t keep up with Nick’s babies and baby mamas. There’s too many to keep up with! She’s happy for him and wishes him the best.’
On the Lip Service podcast shared in June, Nick was asked about speculation he had ‘three children on the way.’
He jokingly said in response: ‘When you say “on the way…” What count are you at? Let’s just put it this way… the stork is on the way.’
Adding: ‘I don’t know, it could be…’
Nick, who welcomed three children in 2021 (Zion, Zillion and Zen), suggested he planned on breaking his record: ‘If you thought it was a lot of kids last year…’
During the podcast, Nick also spoke out about what his therapist told him about being celibate.
He said that his therapist told him he ‘needed to chill out’ and that he said he would try to be celibate.
The way they were: Nick has twins Moroccan and Monroe, 11, with ex-wife Mariah Carey; they were married from 2008 until they divorced in 2016
‘So I was like, “Yo, let’s try celibacy.” And that was like October… I didn’t even make it to [January]. I was supposed to make it to the top of the year. Then obviously I started going through some stuff… I got depressed with the loss of my son. So in December… the thing is everybody saw I was so down. So everybody was like, “Let’s just give him a little vagina, and that’s gonna cure it all.”‘
He continued: ‘I fell victim to it ’cause I was in a weak state. So December, especially right before Christmas, I started f*****g like crazy. So I broke the celibacy. But I was probably celibate for a month and a half strong… I was trying to do it. I had a new show, new energy, I was dealing with a lot.’
Nick said on the Drink Champs podcast in October: ‘I’m trying to chill out though. I’m chilling out. I’m kinda stepping away, getting focused, going within, getting my celibacy on.’
He said: ‘I have enough children, enough frolicking. I’m good right now…I’m trying. I didn’t say I’m perfect. I love all my kids. I’m celibate right now. I’m trying to go – I’m gonna see if I can make it to 2022. I’m trying to be the best father I can be, the best businessman I can be.’
In August 2021, Nick said he doesn’t ‘subscribe to monogamy’ during his appearance on The Breakfast Club radio show.
Father of 10: On September 14 the former The Price Is Right model LaNisha Cole gave birth to Nick’s ninth child, a little girl called Onyx Ice Cannon
INSIDE NICK CANNON’S VERY MODERN FAMILY
TV host Nick Cannon is expecting his 11th and 12th child by two different women – his baby mamas Abby De La Rosa and Alyssa Scott.
In early November 2022, pregnant Alyssa confirmed Nick was the father of her child, just 11 months after they lost their son Zen at age five months due to brain cancer.
On November 9, 2022, pregnant Abby confirmed Nick is the father of her child; they share twins Zillion and Zion, 17 months
On September 14, 2022, Cannon secretly welcomed his ninth child with 40-year-old model LaNisha Cole, who gave birth to a baby girl, named Onyx Ice Cole Cannon (baby number nine)
Nine days later, baby mama Brittany Bell welcomed his 10th child – son Rise Messiah, born September 23, 2022.
This came months after welcoming eighth child, a baby son named Legendary Love, with 31-year-old model Bre Tiesi, who revealed on Instagram that she had given birth to their first child together on June 28 in an ‘all natural unmedicated home birth.’
Now as Nick awaits the arrival of his 11th and 12th baby, FEMAIL is shining a spotlight on the former America’s Got Talent host’s other children, who will soon be older brothers and sisters to two more babies.
Daughter Monroe and son Moroccan Scott, 11, with ex wife Mariah Carey
Nick and Mariah Carey tied the knot in 2008, and they welcomed the rapper’s first kids on April 30, 2011 – a set of twins named Monroe and Moroccan Scott. The family is pictured in 2018
Nick and Mariah Carey tied the knot on in the Bahamas in 2008, and they welcomed the rapper’s first kids on April 30, 2011 – a set of twins named Monroe and Moroccan Scott.
According to People, Monroe was named after late actress Marilyn Monroe, who was said to be an inspiration to Mariah. They decided not to give her a middle name since Mariah doesn’t have one.
As for Moroccan, the idea for his name came from the Moroccan décor in Mariah’s apartment, which is where Nick proposed to her.
His middle name, Scott, is also Nick’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name.
Back in December, in the wake of Zen’s death, Nick spoke out about how hard it was for him to tell the twins, who are now 11 years old, about Zen’s passing – but credited their support, especially Monroe, with helping him get through the tragedy.
He said Monroe is so ‘so pure and so honest,’ and called the 11-year-old his ‘best therapist.’
‘Having to explain that to [then]-10-year-olds … is pretty intense,’ he admitted to People.
‘But their understanding and them being there for me probably helped me keep it together as well as really deal with it. Specifically, Roc and Roe. They were there for the entire journey.
‘My daughter, really, she’s so in tune and in line and wise beyond her years. I got a lot of therapists, but she’s probably my best therapist.
‘She keeps me in check. She’s so pure and so honest. To be 10, she asks some really strong and powerful questions.
‘Really, just it’s all out of love. She’s my oldest child. Even though they’re twins, she came out first and she lets everybody know it. She’s helped me keep it strong.’
Back in 2016, after the birth of his second son, Golden, Nick opened up about the twins’ relationship with their younger sibling, and he revealed that they really enjoyed having a little brother.
‘They love hanging out with him, and it is almost like they are more concerned about him having fun than them having fun,’ he gushed to Entertainment Tonight.
‘They are always trying to make them laugh, and he is walking now, so they are trying to get him all the toys.
‘Watching that whole older sibling thing take place, they understand the responsibility of it. They understand that they can teach him things, so it is really cool.’
He also called them ‘geniuses,’ and admitted that he was not happy with how fast they were growing up.
‘I’m fine with my son growing up. It’s my daughter that I have a problem with,’ he joked. ‘I mean, shotgun’s loaded.’
As for how he his ex Mariah were co-parenting the twins, he explained in 2016 that they had come to a place of ‘understanding and unconditional love.’
‘When you come from a place of understanding and unconditional love for so many things, you can’t really go wrong,’ he said.
‘It would be very easy to throw our egos in – what we believe we want to do with our time and effort – but then you step back.
‘When it comes to my kids, it is whatever they want at whatever time, and I build my schedule around it.
‘Those children are the most important thing to both of us. It kind of turned her into this wonderful mother, that I feel like the world started to connect with her on that level.
‘There will always be unconditional love and a great relationship. That is one of my best friends in life, so it is always going to be that.
‘The fact that there is no bad blood and we can still coexist, I think that is the best place for it.’
Sons Golden, five, Rise Messiah, six weeks old and daughter Powerful Queen, 23 months, with Brittany Bell
Nick and Phoenix Suns dancer Brittany Bell have sons Golden, five, Rise Messiah, six weeks old, and daughter Powerful Queen, 23 months, together. They are pictured here in 2021
After his split from Mariah, Nick dated Phoenix Suns dancer Brittany Bell on-and-off for years.
They welcomed a son together, named Golden Sagon, on February 21, 2017.
At the time, Nick gushed on Instagram, ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning!
‘No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! Welcome to Earth, son. #TrueHappiness #Awakened.’
Reports came out that the couple had split after that, but in November 2020, they were seen walking hand-in-hand at his 33rd birthday celebration – with Brittany sporting a growing baby bump.
They then welcomed their second child, Powerful Queen, in December 2020.
‘The best gift ever,’ Brittany, who is also a model, shared on Instagram at the time.
‘We have been surprised with… A GIRL! Powerful Queen Cannon came this week, perfect timing for Christmas.
‘So much more to share. All I can say is that Nick was my rock through the most intense yet empowering natural water birth.
‘It was nothing but POWERFUL. Merry Christmas! THANK YOU GOD.’
One month later, Nick was asked by Power 106 radio hosts if her pregnancy had been an ‘accident,’ and he insisted that it was not.
‘I’m having these kids on purpose,’ he said. ‘I didn’t have no accident. [There were] a lot of people that I could’ve gotten pregnant that I didn’t. You only live once.’
In December 2021, just after Powerful Queen’s first birthday, the Masked Singer host couldn’t stop raving over how smart she was on Instagram.
He shared a clip of her saying words like ‘nose, cat, dog, and tree’ while he held up flashcards for her.
‘Wow! Look at this brilliant baby!’ he captioned it. ‘They got mad when we named her POWERFUL QUEEN! Y’all lucky I didn’t go with my other choice GENIUS EMPRESS!
‘LOL. I can’t take any of the credit here though! That’s all her amazing mommy.’
On September 23, 2022, Nick and Brittany welcomed their third child together, son Rise Messiah, weighing in at 10lbs.
Sons Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir, 17 months, with Abby De La Rosa – and another baby on the way
Nick and Abby De La Rosa, who is a DJ and broadcast professional, kept their relationship a secret until they announced that they were expecting twin boys together in April 2021 – they are now expecting another baby
The boys – who they named named Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir – were born on June 14, 2021. They are pictured in December 2021
Nick and Abby, who is a DJ and broadcast professional, kept their relationship a secret until they announced that they were expecting twin boys together in April 2021.
‘Our dearest sons – my miracle babies, thank you for choosing me to be your mommy,’ Abby wrote on Instagram at the time, in a now-deleted post.
‘I know the Lord has destined me and prepared me for the gift of not one but two little angels.
‘I pray that God gives you both the strength to walk brave and boldly in your individual truth just like your daddy… That God bless you and your brother and guide you into living out your full purpose.
‘Your dad and I will always be here for you both; in complete unison and support.
‘No matter what this world may throw your way, know that forgiveness is key and what is for you – is for YOU! You both are already so loved and we can’t wait to meet you both.’
The boys – who they named named Zion and Zillion – were born on June 14, 2021.
In an Instagram Q&A, Abby later revealed that she and Nick accidentally got pregnant in April 2020, but sadly, they lost that baby. Then, they became focused on getting pregnant again.
‘First pregnancy, April 2020, was definitely not planned, but Nick was such a great friend to me and just so good to me, and then our focus became to have a baby,’ she explained. ‘Little did we know we would end up having twins.
‘Let me just add that this planning wasn’t like us sitting down with a calendar and being like, “You gotta be pregnant by this date.” It had already been a thought and it happened.
‘It had already been out there, it was something we were manifesting and we were just letting it flow.’
Now, they are gearing up to welcome their third child together, whose gender is unknown.
On November 9, 2022, pregnant Abby confirmed Nick was the father of her unborn child – his 12th child once it is born.
Newborn son Legendary Love with Bre Tiesi
Nick Cannon has become a father for the eighth time after welcoming his first child with model Bre Tiesi, 31, a baby boy named Legendary Love (pictured) – while still awaiting the arrival of his ninth baby with a fifth woman
Nick first revealed that he was expecting an eighth child with model girlfriend Bre, 31, back in January, when the couple were seen attending a gender reveal to celebrate the news that they were having a baby boy together.
He then shared the happy news on an episode of his since-canceled talk show The Nick Cannon Show, saying at the time: ‘It’s a boy! We found out yesterday. Everyone knows I have a lot of children. It’s never a competition. Each one is special.’
Bre took to Instagram to announce the birth of the couple’s son, Legendary Love, on Monday, revealing in a candid post that their baby had arrived in an ‘all natural unmedicated home birth’, while heaping praise on Nick for ‘showing the f up’ and being ‘an amazing and supportive partner’.
‘I did it,’ she wrote, while sharing several black-and-white photos taken during her labor and birth. ‘An all natural unmedicated home birth.
‘This was the most humbling / limit pushing yet awakening and completely empowering experience. I can’t thank my team enough for delivering my son safely. This experience has changed me forever and I couldn’t [have] asked for a more amazing and supportive partner.
‘Daddy showed the f up for us… I couldn’t [have] done it without you. I can’t believe he’s here.’
Images taken during the birth show Nick caring for his partner during her labor, even taking a bath with her at one point, possibly to try and ease her contraction pain.
A photo of the proud mom and dad with their newborn baby also shows Nick cutting his son’s umbilical chord, while wrapping a protective arm around his son and partner Bre, who also shared video footage from her birth on YouTube.
‘The vlog of my birth is now live on my YouTube,’ she revealed. ‘I have documented my pregnancy, natural induction, labor, delivery as well as more information and resources for doulas midwife’s and hypno birthing. It’s real raw and I hope It helps anyone considering an unmedicated home birth.’
In her YouTube video, Bre documented her experience of labor, sharing clips of herself trying to work through the pain of her contractions and impending delivery – with Nick by her side the whole time.
The new mom revealed that the couple’s son Legendary Love weighed 8lbs 10oz at birth and measured at 21 inches, adding in an intro slide: ‘Trigger warning. This video is quite intense. It is my real and raw natural birth experience with a lot of screaming and [it] is a little graphic.
‘Viewer discretion advised.’
She also revealed that the couple had something of a scare during the birth, explaining that her son had a ‘long crown’ because his hand was up by his ear when he was born – a condition known as nucal hand.
‘So he needed a little respiratory support from [my midwife],’ she wrote. ‘I noticed he wasn’t crying…’
Daughter Onyx with LaNisha Cole
Adding to the brood: Nick Cannon made the surprise announcement that he had welcomed his ninth child with his tenth and 11th children still on the way as he shared this family snap featuring 40-year-old model and new mom Lanisha Cole
Nick Cannon made the surprise announcement that he had welcomed his ninth child
The actor, 41, shocked fans as he took to Instagram in September 2022 to announce that he had welcomed a child with 40-year-old model LaNisha Cole.
He shared a snap of the proud new parents with the bundle of joy – a daughter – with a lengthy caption which revealed the child’s name is Onyx Ice Cole Cannon, born on September 14, 2022.
The lengthy caption began: ‘Introducing ONYX ICE COLE CANNON… Once again Today I am in Awe of the Devine Feminine! God has given me and @MissLanishaCole the privilege of hosting an Angel here on earth. I vow to protect, provide, guide and love this child to the best of my abilities.’
As he has impregnated several women over the years, he went on to explain that though he as skin thick enough to deal with the criticism, it doesn’t exactly run in his family.
He wrote: ‘As we all know I am not easily triggered and have quite tough skin and have always been an open book but not everyone in my family has that same level of strength. So I pray and ask others to please project all criticism and cynicism towards ME and not the loving and precious Mothers of my children.’
Nick was romantically linked to LaNisha in February 2021 as she shared a now deleted video of him in a room filled with balloons, however, they split at the end of the month.
LaNisha is an American fashion model who was best known for her eight seasons as a rotating model on The Price Is Right hosted by Bob Barker then Drew Carey.
Son Zen with Alyssa Scott
Nick met Alyssa Scott when they both starred in MTV’s Wild ‘N Out. Years later – in January 2021 – they announced that they were having a baby together
Nick met Alyssa Scott when they both starred in MTV’s Wild ‘N Out. Years later – in January 2021 – they announced that they were having a baby together.
Their son, Zen, was born on June 23, 2021, with Alyssa writing at the time, ‘I will love you for eternity.’
But when the baby was two months old, they noticed he had come down with a cough that wouldn’t go away, and decided to have it checked out by doctors.
‘I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out,’ Nick later said on The Nick Cannon Show.
‘He had this interesting breathing and by the time he was two months, I noticed he had this nice sized head too, we called it a Cannon head.
‘We didn’t think anything of it, but I wanted to take him to the doctor for his sinus and breathing.’
After taking the newborn in for a ‘routine’ checkup, they were told he had a malignant tumor and needed emergency surgery immediately.
He had also developed hydrocephalus – a condition where fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain causing the head to increase in size and ultimately putting pressure on the brain.
He unfortunately passed away on December 5, 2021 – spending his last moments by the ocean.
He unfortunately passed away on December 5, 2021 – spending his last moments by the ocean
‘He was the most loving. We called him Z Chilling. He was always smiling. He had the most beautiful spirit,’ Nick said after his death.
On the Today show, Nick praised Alyssa – ‘who carried a beautiful child for nine months and nurtured and cared for him every single day through this process’ – for her ‘strength.’
‘[Alyssa] is strong,’ he said. ‘She is definitely one of the strongest individuals I’ve known.
‘I couldn’t imagine – I mean, as a father, it’s painful, but for a mother who carried a beautiful child for nine months and nurtured and cared for him every single day through this process.
‘There were so many medicines and so many trips to the hospital and the doctor, and also she’s a mother-of-two so to watch her go through this…’
At the time, he said he was using his faith and therapy to get through the immense loss.
‘I’m taking it – as my therapist says – five minutes at a time, but I’m optimistic in finding the purpose through all of the pain, so I’m attempting to smile, I’m attempting to be the high-frequency individual that I’ve set out to be, but along the way there’s definitely some curves in the journey, so I’m taking it five minutes at a time.
‘Honestly [there] was a lot of fear involved [in telling people about Zen’s death]. I’m so used to being upbeat and outspoken and even vulnerable at times, where I’ll talk about anything.
‘But this was probably the most delicate and the most precious thing I’ve ever had to talk about.
‘And I didn’t know how to talk about it, I never imagined having to be in this scenario, so as much as it was such an outpouring of love, there was a lot of fear, there was obviously some hurt.
‘I wanted to be the protector as well for all of the rest of my family, Alyssa and [everyone], so I wanted… It’s a very delicate thing, even when talking about this.
At the time, he said he was using his faith and therapy to get through the immense loss
In January 2022, the star admitted that he was ‘still missing his little dude’ Zen, while sharing a throwback photo of Moroccan, Zion, Zillion, and Monroe sitting with him, as he held Zen
‘And that’s coming from a person who is used to talking to people each and every day live here on television. It’s scary.’
After the tragic passing, Nick opened up about the ‘guilt’ he felt about having to divide his time between working and being a dad.
‘I’m a father, first and foremost. There’s a lot of guilt that I feel and I talk about this in therapy all the time,’ he admitted.
‘It’s rooted in not having enough time to spend with my loved ones, specifically my children, because I have a lot of children.
‘I’m also spread so thin in my work because that’s how I cope. That’s how I deal with things.
‘I have several jobs and several shows and movies and music, all that stuff. And I call myself a provider for many, but one thing no matter how much money I generate, one thing I can’t generate is time.
‘It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. And it’s really just having quality moments with my children, quality moments with my family.
‘Had a lot of quality moments with Zen in his short time here. I always say time is a manmade thing, but love and energy is a godsend.’
In January 2022, just days before his and Bre’s gender reveal party, the star admitted that he was ‘still missing his little dude’ Zen in an emotional Instagram post.
‘Still missing my little dude… His spirit and brightness were so strong #ZensLight,’ he captioned a throwback snap that showed Moroccan, Zion, Zillion, and Monroe sitting with him, as he held Zen.
He added: ‘The whole family, we ALL miss you young King! Forever Our Angel!’
In early November, pregnant Alyssa confirmed Nick was the father of her unborn child – his 11th child once it is born.