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Rapper husband of Mariah Carey gushes: twins put me ‘in the happiest place I’ve ever been in’

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LOS ANGELES, California, May 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Nick Cannon, the rapper husband of R&B/pop superstar Mariah Carey, and the artist behind a much-praised pro-life rap song and video, made no secret of his feelings when his wife gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, on the couple’s wedding anniversary.

“My wife just gave me the most incredible anniversary gift ever in life!” Cannon exclaimed via Twitter on Saturday, as reported by Access Hollywood. “I won’t ever be able to top this!”

The entertainment news service also reports: “In what Mariah Carey’s rep described as a moment ‘right out of an “I Love Lucy’ skit,”’ Nick Cannon was so overcome by nerves when wife Mariah Carey went into labor that he wound up in the wrong section of a Los Angeles hospital, and had to be guided to the maternity ward by a nurse!”

Carey gave birth to twins just after noon on Saturday in Los Angeles, a boy and a girl; the couple has yet to release their names.

The rapper’s enthusiasm for the birth of his children comes as no surprise to those who have been paying close attention to his career. In 2005 Cannon released a song entitled “Can I Live,” accompanied by a powerful music video, which told the story of how he was almost aborted by his own mother.

The video, directed by Cannon himself, dramatizes the torment and the uncertainty as his mother arrives at a “Women’s Health Clinic” (abortuary) in the late seventies. Cannon himself appears in the video clad in white, symbolically portraying the person of the as-yet unborn child, and giving voice to his own implicit right and desire to live.

Throughout the video he tries to connect with his unheeding mother and to plead his own case, at one point crying out to her “300 Dollars that’s the price of living what? / Mommy I don’t like this clinic / hopefully you’ll make the right decision / and don’t go though with the Knife Decision.”

In the second-to-last scene Cannon’s mother rises from the operating table as her unborn son’s silent arguments penetrate and she runs from the clinic into the sunshine. There she is greeted by several dozen children singing the chorus and wearing T-shirts with the words “Can I Live” printed on them. 

The video closes with Cannon hugging his present-day mother saying, “I am just telling ya’ll my story / I love life / I love my mother for giving me life / We all need to appreciate life / A strong women that had to make a sacrifice / Thanks for listening… /  Mama thanks for listening.”

Last October, at the same time Cannon and Carey revealed their latest pregnancy, the couple opened up about a miscarriage in 2008 that Carey called a “tragic event.”

“It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened ... I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it,” Carey told Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.

But the couple said they felt the experience made them more ready for parenthood - an event the parents, married for three years, greeted with great joy.

“I’m in the happiest place I’ve ever been in my life,” wrote Cannon on Sunday. “I never had more amazing things happening. I am humbled by God’s Favor!”

The legendary vocalist and proud mom also took to Twitter on Tuesday to tell fans that the little ones were “doing great.” “And they are the most incredible gifts we could ever have imagined!” Carey added.’

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