Mariah Carey Shuts Down Custody Battle Rumors & Defends Nick Cannon: 'We Will Always Remain a Strong Family'

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 8, 2014. 

Mariah Carey took to Instagram on Sunday (Feb. 26) to squash accusations made by the National Enquirer regarding a possible custody battle against her ex-husband, Nick Cannon

"There's no validity or truth to the false accusations looming in the press regarding our family. Nick is the father of my children. We will always stand up for each other, have each other's backs and we will always remain a strong family," a message she shared on Instagram read. Cannon also reposted the picture with the caption reading: "Salute to the Queen!---- #FamilyFirst."

Last week, Cannon blasted The National Enquirer because they were "preparing an article reporting Nick Cannon has suffered a nervous breakdown and his erratic behavior has given ex-wife Mariah Carey little choice but to petition for custody of their children."

"MORE LIES!!!," wrote Cannon on Instagram regarding the potential story. "So the @enquirer wants to play around with my children. Only Evil operates in this manner. What is the purpose? Except to exemplify pure immoral wickedness. If you report these lies expect a slander and defamation lawsuit. Look everyone, see how the media is trying to break a King?"

The alleged story was planning to cite Cannon's reportedly strained relationships with NBC executives while on the set of America's Got Talent. Earlier this month, Cannon revealed his departure from the show on Facebook, saying that it stems from a racial joke he made during a Showtime stand-up special. 

In addition to leaving America's Got Talent, Cannon also ousted his longtime advisers, including his ICM Partners, for CAA. 

Check out Carey's post below. 

 

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