Since news broke that Mariah Carey and her husband of six years, Nick Cannon, have been living apart most of the year, fans have wondered what could have gone wrong between the couple. They have done a fairly good job of keeping their kids and their marriage out of the spotlight since tying the knot in a secret ceremony in 2008. However, it seems that divorce is imminent after photos surfaced on the internet late last night of Cannon’s back, and its brand new tattoo. The America’s Got Talent host did have a tattoo on his back that said, “Mariah,” but he’s covered it up with a giant tattoo of the crucifixion. What that means, we’ll let you speculate.
This news comes right on the heels of a performance by Carey in Tokyo in which she changed the lyrics of one of her songs (taking a page out of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s book, are you Mariah?) so that the world began to speculate that their marriage is on the rocks because Cannon cheated. The singer changed the lyrics to a Billie Holiday classic. When she performed, “Don’t Explain,” she belted out the line, “I know you cheated,” and added a very explicit name. The line should go, “And I know you cheat, right or wrong, don’t matter.”
Rumors of marital strife went public in August when a source close to the couple admitted that they’d been living apart for some time. It was only speculation for a few days before the rumor was confirmed by Cannon, who admitted that there is “trouble in paradise,” and that he has not been living with his family for several months at that point. At this point, there is no word as to whether or not the couple is looking to work through their differences, but with the cover-up of his wife’s name tattooed on his back, it looks like that’s not going to happen.
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