Mariah Carey Recalls ‘Difficult’ Miscarriage Before Pregnancy

'Honestly, I feel we learned a lot as people,' singer says of 'dark' experience with husband Nick Cannon.

Mariah Carey confirmed that she’s pregnant in an interview with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush that aired on the “Today” show Thursday morning (October 28). During the sit-down, Carey and husband Nick Cannon also opened up about a miscarriage the singer had two years ago and how it affected them.

“We really had to absorb this and take it in,” Carey explained in the interview, which also aired on “Access Hollywood Live” later Thursday morning. But she added that the couple never let the constant baby rumors drummed up by the press, nor the devastating miscarriage, affect their plans to push forward and start a family. “Honestly, I feel we learned a lot as people. It prepared us to do it,” she added.

Cannon revealed that barely two years ago, right around the Christmas holiday, they learned they were pregnant and prepared to share the good news with friends and family. That plan was derailed by a call from Carey’s doctor.

“Unfortunately, that was the time where he said, ‘I’m sorry, but the pregnancy is not successful,’ ” Cannon recalled. “It was emotional for both of us and that’s when I saw the strength. She handled it so well and then to get on the plane and have to spend Christmas with friends and family, it definitely brought us closer together. It strengthened our relationship so much … she handled it so well.”

Carey went on to say the experience, though challenging, has made them more ready for parenthood.

“The way it happened, so quickly at first, I didn’t know what to expect. That was not easy,” she admitted. “I’ve never really been a very forthcoming person about my personal stuff. It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened … I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy.”

On his radio show on Thursday, Cannon talked a bit more about the pregnancy and cleared up some rumors, People.com reported.

“We don’t know the sex of our child. But it’s strange how that stuff comes out at almost the same time,” he said. “It’s weird how the media can get involved with your personal life because even when you want to share something, it’s hard to share the truth — because people already spoiled it. It kinda makes the truth cloudy.”

In spite of the media madness, Cannon said, “It’s a happy moment. I’m usually not at a loss of words, but it’s been a good morning with all the congratulations and all that stuff, and speaking to my wife.”

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