Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey 'Closer than Ever' After Illness

January 11, 2012 By:
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey 'Closer than Ever' After Illness

Sometimes, it takes a romantic date night in the middle of the week at your favorite little restaurant to get a marriage back on track. Being hospitalized for mild kidney failure works, too, apparently.

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, who are already pretty close as far as married couples go, have gotten even closer, according to Nick's dad.

James Cannon told Us Weekly, "Nick and Mariah have a very strong bond. If anything, this unexpected illness has made them closer than ever and appreciate one another even more."

James says the couple's secret is that "they have so much in common and can make the other one laugh."

"So they managed to cope even though Nick was pretty sick. But he is glad to be home now and his whole family is pleased about that also."

Daddy Cannon also reveals that while his son was in a lot of pain "at the same time, he loved being the center of attention too when people visited him."

Yikes…wanna be the center of attention? Do standup comedy or something. Kidney failure is a hell of a way to get a crowd together.

The great thing about my son is that he always tries to stay upbeat," James gushed. "He took his mind off things by joking with the nurses and doctors and things like that."