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Eddie Murphy Gives Parenting Advice to Nick Cannon

Eddie Murphy at the Golden Globes, Nick Cannon at Recording Academy's Black Music Collective EventPhoto by Amy Sussman/Getty Images, Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

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Since Eddie Murphy fathers multiple children himself, he has tons of things to say. Due to Murphy’s family life, Nick Cannon would be the one looking for advice from him. The actor recently opened up about the parenting advice he has for Cannon.


Eddie Murphy Shares If He Has Advice for Nick Cannon

During the premiere of his latest movie Candy Cane Lane, Murphy discussed his personal holiday traditions. As per the actor, his Christmas is all about family. With his 10 kids from his baby mamas, Murphy intends his festive season to be about “everybody getting together.”

“I go all-out on Christmas. I got 10 kids, and all the family comes around, and it’s just a house full of people. That’s my favorite dish,” he said.

Murphy shares two kids, Izzy Oona and Max Charles Murphy, with his fiancée, Paige Butcher. He welcomed his first son Eric in 1989 with his mother Paulette McNeely. He subsequently welcomed his first daughter, Bria Murphy, with Nicole Mitchell. In 1990, before tying the knot with Mitchell, he welcomed son Christian, with Tamara Hood.


After marrying Mitchell in 1993, they welcomed Bria, Shayne, Zola and Bella, as well as a son, Myles. They, however, separated in 2006. Murphy then dated Mel B, having one daughter together, Angel Iris, in 2007.

Of whether he has any advice for Cannon, who fathers 12 kids with different women, Murphy has a playful response.

“Lord have mercy, yeah, no, he don’t need no advice,” he said.


It’s no secret that Cannon is “spread thin” in attending to the needs of his 12 kids. He is father to Moroccan, Monroe, Golden Sagon, Powerful Queen, Zion Mixolydian, Zillion Heir, Legendary Love, Onyx Ice Cole, Rise Messiah, Beautiful Zeppelin and Halo Marie. In December 2021, his son Zen died of brain cancer when he was five months old.

Over the years, Murphy and Cannon have been compared to each other primarily because of their struggles as fathers. With Murphy’s joke, it’s obvious that he’s taking fatherhood seriously yet lightly.

Cannon Says “Energy Management” is Key to Fatherhood

In February, Cannon talked about how he manages spending time with his kids. In juggling his career and being a father at the same time, he said “energy management” is key.

“Everybody thinks it’s time management — it’s energy management,” he said. “Once we’re all aligned, the flow is a lot easier. If there’s any kind of low frequencies or dissension in there, that’s what messes up the scheduling. As long as we’re all on the same page and we all got the same goal — to be the best parents we could possibly be — that works and then the scheduling is the scheduling.”

Cannon is well-aware of the fact that his kids will eventually have dreams to reach. Thus, he recognizes that being busy to earn more is almost always necessary.

“It’s a blessing, man, like, hopefully because of what I am able to do, my kids can do whatever they want to do, to be able to be in a position that if they want to be a nuclear physicist, I know somebody at an Ivy League school that I could [hit up],” he said. “If they want to go into the military, if they want to be artists, if they want to be actors, it’s a thing where we have the capability. Let’s start talking about it now so we can help your dreams come true.”

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