Nick Cannon defends filming a day after death of his 5-month old son

‘This isn’t work. This is love’: Nick Cannon defends decision to return to his talk show a day after losing his 5-month old son Zen to a brain tumor

  • Cannon, 41, says his fans and supporters are helping him mourn his son’s death
  • ‘A lot of people keep asking me, “Why you even at work?”‘ he said Wednesday
  • The daytime host heaped praise on Alyssa Scott, the mother of his five-month-old son Zen, who died from a brain tumor on Sunday
  • ‘Zen’s mom, Alyssa, was just the strongest woman I’ve ever seen. Never had an argument, never was angry,’ he said
  • Cannon announced the death on Tuesday’s episode of The Nick Cannon Show
  • Doctors had diagnosed Zen with hydrocephalus – spinal fluid around the brain
  • Zen was Cannon’s seventh child and was born in June to Scott, a model 
  • His other children are with three other women, including ex-wife Mariah Carey, ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell and current girlfriend Abby de la Rosa 

Nick Cannon is defending his choice to return to his daytime talk show a day after the death of his 5-month old son Zen, thanking his audience for their support and assuring them that showing up ‘isn’t work’ to him.

Cannon, 41, revealed that Zen died on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer on Tuesday’s episode of the syndicated Nick Cannon Show. He also hosted the show on Monday.

‘A lot of people keep asking me, “Why you even at work?” Especially my family,” he said Wednesday. 

‘”Boy you need to go sit down somewhere. You got too many jobs already anyway!” I appreciate all that advice and I know it comes from a place of care but to me this isn’t work. This is love.’  

On Tuesday, Cannon praised the mother of his late baby boy as the ‘strongest’ woman he knew.

Nick Cannon, 41, lost his youngest child, 5-month old Zen, to a brain tumor on Sunday

On Wednesday, the daytime host thanked his audience for their support and revealed that his family has questioned his quick return to work

A mother’s strength: Nick Cannon has heaped praise on Alyssa Scott, the mother of his five-month-old son Zen. He says she’s making it ‘five minutes at at time’

Cannon had a message for those worried about his schedule: ‘I appreciate all that advice and I know it comes from a place of care but to me this isn’t work. This is love.’

The television personality had nothing but positive words for model Alyssa Scott. Zen died from a fast growing brain tumor on Sunday while at home with his parents.

Cannon said Wednesday that Scott is making it ‘five minutes at a time. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option. We here. We smiling through the pain.’

On Tuesday, he said: ‘Zen’s mom, Alyssa, was just the strongest woman I’ve ever seen. Never had an argument, never was angry. Was emotional when she needed to be, but always the best mom, and continues to be the best mom.’ 

He told the audience his 5-month-old son passed away after previously suffering 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.

Cannon, 41, said the tumor developed quickly around Thanksgiving, and as he broke down in tears on his show, he told how he spent this past weekend in California to share a few last moments with Zen. 

‘Zen’s mom, Alyssa, was just the strongest woman I’ve ever seen,’ Cannon said Tuesday. ‘Never had an argument, never was angry. Was emotional when she needed to be, but always the best mom, and continues to be the best mom’

The actor said he took his son on a trip to the beach on Sunday and held Zen for the last time. He died soon after. 

Zen was Nick’s seventh child, delivered in June by former flame Scott, 28.

Scott first revealed she had given birth in July with a sweet social media post of Zen.

“I will love you for eternity ♥ 6•23•21,’ she penned at the time in a caption. 

On Wednesday, Cannon’s expressed his wavering emotional state as he grieves the loss of his youngest child, saying that Tuesday was ‘a little easier.’ 

‘Yesterday, I was so laser focused and even numb, you know what I mean? I had to get it done,’ he explained.

‘Today, I’m a little torn. I’m a little confused. Because it’s a hurting thing.’

He continued: ‘I’m grieving. I feel guilty for so many levels. I never wanted to exploit this. I kept it private for so long since I found out about Zen’s diagnosis in respect to his mother Alyssa and to everyone in our family.

‘Yesterday, the onslaught of, really,  love and care – it’s brand new for me. So thank you, that’s all I can say. We gon’ get through it.

Heartbreak: Zen, who was just five-months-old, died from a fast growing brain tumor on Sunday while at home with his parents 

‘I’m not used to all this hugging, I’m fine!’ he joked, before adding that he’s not fine but that his fans and supporters are helping him mourn. 

Zen was the fourth of Nick’s children born within the past year and a half, with twins Zillion and Zion born in June, and his daughter, Powerful, born last December.

The seven children are with four different women, including his ex-wife Mariah Carey, ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell, his current partner Abby de la Rosa, and Scott, a model who appeared in one of Cannon’s music videos.  

Cannon explained on his show that the issues with Zen began when he was about 2 months old, when he and Zen’s mother noticed his head seemed large. They thought he had developed a sinus issue.

‘I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out,’ Cannon said. ‘He had this interesting breathing and by the time he was two months, he had this nice sized head too – a Cannon head.

Tragic: At two months old, Zen was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, in which fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain and increases the size of the ventricles, putting pressure on the brain 

‘We didn’t think anything of it. But I wanted to take him to the doctor for his sinus and breathing. We thought it would be routine.’

But instead, the baby had to have brain surgery and a shunt put in place to drain the fluid. From there, Cannon said, things just got worse. 

‘This weekend, I made a valid effort to spend the most quality time with Zen,’ Cannon told his audience.

‘We woke up on Sunday and went to the ocean with him and Alyssa, and then I had to fly back to New York for the show.

‘I prayed for God’s strength, and that’s why I’m here today, because I know he puts the most and heaviest weight on the shoulders of his strongest shoulders,’ Cannon said 

‘I got a call on my way to the airport to head back to Zen.’ Cannon then recounted how he held his son for the last time this weekend, saying: ‘You can’t heal until you feel.’ 

Cannon said he returned to work so soon after the tragedy because working in show business is all he knows.

‘I prayed for God’s strength, and that’s why I’m here today, because I know he puts the most and heaviest weight on the shoulders of his strongest shoulders,’ Cannon said. He dubbed Tuesday’s episode a ‘celebration of life’ for Zen.

Happier times: Alyssa Scott appeared in a music video with Nick Cannon before the two had a son

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