If you think Nick Cannon cares what the critics have to say, think again!
The comedian, rapper, and actor that is Nick Cannon graced the cover of Rolling Out magazine for its latest issue. Inside, the 32-year-old — who often faced criticism in the early stages of his career — talks of the naysayers saying he laughs it off.
I couldn’t care less what people say about me this week or next week. I’m trying to build a 50-year career. [People] like Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr. — I know people had things to say [about them] at that moment, but when you step back and look and see what these people did to affect culture — that’s my goal.
Cannon’s had his share of film, radio, stand-up comedy gigs to becoming the chairman of Teen Nick in 2009. But his 2008 marriage to pop star Mariah Carey has kept Cannon most relevant in the tabloids and gossip sites. Many wanted to know how someone like Nick or anyone for that matter could wed so suddenly without the public being “forewarned.”
It’s laughable at times. Obviously, like I said in my last stand-up special — I get it. I see how [our marriage] came out of left field and people were like ‘Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon? That don’t go together!’ But that’s what love is all about — especially the type of love we want to represent.
Despite the negative attention, the pair carries on in holy matrimony. And as of recent, Cannon, who slightly pulled back from the spotlight following his marriage, is now ready return to the scene.
I’ve definitely become more focused since I’ve been married. You can see it in my business choices and the way my career has gone. I actually purposely stepped out of the limelight for a minute. I wanted people to understand I was a businessman and I didn’t need to be in front of the camera — I didn’t need to be ‘Wild N Out!’ I actually took a corporate job and was running a television company — all of that was on purpose, to grow as a man and see the other aspects of [the industry]. Now I’m jumping back into the game in a real way [READ MORE].
Nick Cannon’s sketch comedy series Wild’n Out debuted in 2005 and is now back for its fifth season on MTV. For more of his Rolling Out interview check out Cannon’s behind-the-scene style and more.