If there was any doubt remaining that pop diva Mariah Carey and actor Nick Cannon were married on April 30 in the Bahamas, it was dispelled on Wednesday morning (May 7), when People.com published a wedding photo and quotes from the newlyweds.
In the photo, Carey is shown wearing a white dress, and is all smiles while locked in an embrace with Cannon, who rocked an all-white suite.
The couple also made their first — albeit brief — public comments on the marriage. "We really do feel we are soulmates," Carey said. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me." Cannon added that Carey is "beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside."
Perhaps not coincidentally, Carey's long-delayed video for "Bye Bye" surfaced earlier this week. It features the singer conspicuously cuddling with Cannon, along with footage of her greeting fans and, rather incongruously, photos of her with a number of deceased friends, including family members, Luther Vandross and her longtime dog Jack.
Not only did Carey and Cannon take the plunge, they even marked the occasion with permanent ink. "We got tattoos," Carey told People. "His is on one shoulder to the other and it says 'Mariah.' [Mine is] on my lower back and it says 'Mrs. Cannon.' "
In describing the couple's whirlwind six-week romance, Cannon said the two connected on an intimate level almost immediately. "In our minds, it was a love-at-first-sight thing," Cannon said. "Since we've been together, we've been inseparable." Carey added, "I don't think anyone realized what we already knew — that we were going to get married."
The development follows on the heels of last week's reports that the couple had secured a marriage license in Eleuthera, which is located next to the island of Windermere, where Carey reportedly owns a home.
In the absence of official comment on the wedding from Carey's or Cannon's camps, several people close to the couple confirmed it over the past few days. On May 2, People reported that Bishop Clifford Petty of the National Church of God in Governor's Harbour in Eleuthera confirmed he presided over the proceedings, but provided no further details beyond saying he did not give a sermon during the ceremony.
Cannon himself squirmed when asked a battery of questions by MTV News about engagement rumors on the Monday before the ceremony.
Earlier, a relative of Cannon's, Linda Cannon (her relationship to the singer was not detailed), reportedly told E! News that the couple were, indeed, husband and wife. "He called us and told us all about it," she said. "We are happy for him. If that is what he wants then we are happy for him. I'm not going to give you any details, but we are happy for him."