Nick Cannon Says He Doesn't 'Live a Normal Existence' as a Father of 12: 'But I Embrace It' (Exclusive)

The multi-hyphenate star is dad to 12 children with six different women

<p>Kris Connor/Getty</p> Nick Cannon.

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Nick Cannon.

Nick Cannon knows that his role as a father to 12 kids is anything but ordinary.

In an exclusive conversation with PEOPLE tied to his new commercial for Buffalo Wild Wings to promote the restaurant chain's "Buy One, Get One Wing" deal, the multi-hyphenate star, 43, also opens up about having multiple children with various women.

When asked to describe the most challenging aspect he currently faces while raising kids that range in age from infants to almost teens, Cannon says, "My entire life is challenging. I don't live a normal existence, but I embrace it. I love challenges."

"I wouldn't say there was one specific thing that stands out more than another," he adds. "Every day, there's a new challenge, and I accept it."

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Nick Cannon.

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Cannon shares twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-wife Mariah Carey; sons Golden Sagon and Rise Messiah Cannon and daughter Powerful Queen with Brittany Bell; twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir and daughter Beautiful Zeppelin with Abby De La Rosa; son Legendary Love with Bre Tiesi; and daughter Onyx Ice Cole with LaNisha Cole.

He is also father to two children with Alyssa Scott — son Zen, who died at five months old in December 2021 after being diagnosed with brain cancer, and daughter Halo Marie Cannon, who was born in December 2022.

Speaking about what the most rewarding part of being a dad to so many kids is, Cannon says, "Just hearing your kids say, 'I love you, Daddy.' You know what I mean?"

"The first time they say it, whether they're one year old or 18 months, to hearing it from your kids that are on the brink of being teenagers, there's nothing better than that," he continues, also noting that "big hugs" and "picking them up from school" are some other "best" moments.

Michael Buckner/Billboard via Getty Nick Cannon.
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Currently, Cannon says that he is "finally coming up for air" after celebrating the holidays with his kids and is now "preparing for all the spring break type of stuff that's right upon us."

"So, a lot of getting back outside again, a lot of basketball starting back up, and just a lot of sports and outdoor activities," he details. "As a dad, that's the kind of stuff you structure your schedule around, all of your kids' extracurricular activities."

When asked if he has any plans to welcome any more kids to his larger-than-life brood, Cannon laughs, telling PEOPLE, "I'm chilling right now. There's no plans on the horizon as of yet."

"It's so funny, everybody's always trying to get me to have more kids," he continues. "It's like, 12 ain't enough?"

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