Nick Cannon has filed for divorce from his estranged wife Mariah Carey after almost seven years of marriage. The former couple married on April 30, 2008 without any prior announcement. Within the span of their marriage, they gave birth to twins Monroe and Moroccan. Throughout their separation, Cannon has always defended Carey and now he has filed the documents to divorce the singer.

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are officially over now that he has sent the documents to the courthouse. Cannon has previously opened up about his split from Carey, debunking reports that they were going through a dispute over their eight dogs.

Cannon and Carey are divorcing – with the date of filing for the TV host being December 12, 2014. On December 3rd, Carey was due to perform for NBC’s tree-lighting special, but was said to be three hours late for the taping. The network canceled the taping because her hordes of fans were waiting outside in the rain for three hours for her to show up at the Rockefeller Center. She was reportedly discussing the details of her divorce settlement with her lawyers on her cell phone – thus causing her to be late for her performance.

Nick Cannon filed divorce documents quietly on December 12, 2014, but so far we have yet to learn their official date of separation. We’re guessing that he has listed the stand-by reason of “irreconcilable differences” as the cause for the split.

Now that Cannon and Carey are divorcing, she will be solely entitled to all of her earnings from the deal that she has just made with Caesars Palace for a residency in Las Vegas. Reportedly, the singer just signed a very lucrative deal, but the details have yet to be disclosed.

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey split after nearly seven years together, but it wasn’t without any efforts to reconcile their differences. According to a report from Life & Style magazine, Carey was trying to shower Cannon with super expensive gifts in order to win back his favor. A source said, “She’s extremely lonely and begging Nick for another chance, telling him she wants things to go back to how they used to be.”

The source continued, “Mariah is completely overwhelmed as a single parent. And she now sees what a hands-in dad he was. He put up with her mood swings, outbursts and demands longer than most guys would’ve. But now he’s tasted freedom. There’s no way he’s going back!”

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