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Here is a snippet from the interview…..
So, how does it feel to be married?
Mariah: [Laughing] Who wants to go first? You go first.
Nick: It feels amazing. My cheeks hurt from smiling so hard. I’ve been smiling for days.
Mariah: It’s comforting–and something I’ve never felt before. Which is really being in love and happy with someone who really understands me and isn’t trying to do anything but make me happy. It’s wonderful.
It happened pretty fast, didn’t it?
Nick: In our minds, it was a love-at-first-sight thing. Since we’ve been together, we’ve been inseparable.
Mariah: I don’t think anyone realized what we already know–that we were going to get married.
When did you first know that?
Nick: I’d always admired Mariah from afar, but once we connected I felt it was destined: This has to be my wife.
Mariah: I definitely knew. Of course, everyone is running the photo from the 2005 Teen Choice Awards…
Nick: From then on, I thought, “I have to get closer to her and express my true feelings.” I was praying I’d have the chance to share them with her.
Mariah: People were very skeptical and told him, “You can never get past her people.” I only knew that he’d say nice things about me. So I thanked him when [I saw him again].
Nick: I said, “I meant every single word. Hopefully I can express more to you.” She was down-to-earth. From that point, we built a friendship.
In late March, Carey flew to Antigua to shoot a music video for “Bye Bye,” from her new album, E=MC². She cast Cannon, 27–star of MTV’s Wild’N Out, and an entertainment minimogul with his own record label and clothing line–as the romantic lead.
Mariah: I told people, “I like him and want him to do it.” The song was a love story. It was perfect for us.
Nick: From the first time we sat down to discuss the video at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we connected. We had so much in common spiritually, and we laugh at the same things. I didn’t have to put on my Mac Daddy suave mode. I was able to be myself with her. We are both eternally 12 years old.
Mariah: [Laughing] We were having a such a good time on the shoot.
Nick: I brought her little pieces of candy. I’d write little third-grade notes instead of being over-the-top.
Mariah: He wrote the note, “Will you be my girlfriend?” with boxes for yes or no. In the video, we’re boyfriend and girlfriend. It seemed very natural.
Were all your friends surprised by your marriage?
Mariah: Some were, but some weren’t. One thing [few people] knew was we got tattoos a few weeks earlier. So anyone who saw my [Mrs. Cannon] tattoo wasn’t surprised.
Nick: To me rings are special and exciting, but tattoos mean more than anything. They’re forever and ever. They professed our love.
Mariah: And they hurt!
Nick: A lot.
On April 25 Cannon took Carey to the roof of her N.Y.C. apartment to see the Empire State Building, lit pink and lavender to honor her album E=MC². As he often did, he gave her a Ring Pop–candy shaped like a big jewel. But inside the wrapper was a 17-carat pink-diamond ring created by Jacob & Co.’s Jacob Arabo. Her reaction? “He had ribbons around it, so I said, ‘I think mine’s broken,’” says Carey. When he dropped to one knee, “she ran away and got all shy.” he says. Finally, she said yes–twice. Cannon, who filmed it all, proposed again to get a perfect take, this time on a helicopter. “That,” says Carey, “was beautiful.”