Nick Cannon Explains Mariah Carey’s Baby Names

Singer Maria Carey and her husband, actor Nick Cannon attend the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/2010 AFP

Though we would have accepted the simple excuse, "Well, we are celebrities," Cannon had more to say on the matter of naming his new twins. "When you first hear it, it's kind of funny because we hear Moroccan and Monroe, you don't know which one's the boy and which one's the girl," he admitted to E! "But once you kind of let it sit for a minute, you can understand the whole thing. Monroe, obviously, is named by Marilyn Monroe, who my wife has been inspired by and loved for many years. And my son, I love his name, we called him Moroccan ... And you think about Moroccan and that's kind of like my name and Mariah's name phonetically together. I also proposed to my wife in our Moroccan room. There's a lot of meanings to it. We put a lot of thought into those names. I think we did a good job on the names. They ain't gonna be mad at us when they grow up." [E!]