"Yes, we are pregnant -- this is true," Carey told Billy Bush of NBC's "Access Hollywood," which aired a portion of its exclusive interview on the "Today" show."
"It's been a long journey, Carey continued, "but it's been tough because I've been trying to have, like I said, to hold onto a shred of privacy, and that was not easy." Carey added that the baby is due in the spring, though she declined to give a specific date.
Rumors of a pregnant Carey have surfaced and re-surfaced since 2008, when the star married Cannon in a surprise ceremony. At the time, the couple said, Carey was not pregnant, but that soon changed. "We took the test and it was positive, and we were like, is this real"? Carey said. A little over a month later, however, Carey had a miscarriage.
"It was really sad, so we just really had to absorb this and take it in," she explained, while Cannon noted her strength to "be during the day so festive, smiling for cameras and spending time with everyone, and then literally at night, crying herself to sleep."
""It's absolutely emotional," Cannon added. "The greatest gift on Earth is a child."
After the interview, Bush countered rumors that Carey became pregnant via in vitro fertilization and that she is expecting a boy, saying that "she conceived naturally with Nick" and that "they're not going to find out if it's a boy or a girl -- they're going to wait."
The full interview with Carey and Cannon airs tonight.