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If you follow Mariah Carey’s career, you probably know about a few specific chapters of her life: her public debut, her life post-Tommy Mottola, and her life as a mother. The happiest chapter has been with her twins, son Moroccan (Roc), and daughter Monroe (Roe), whom she had with her second husband, Nick Cannon. Not a week goes by without a family update about her kids on her Instagram or TikTok account — they are a huge part of her world.
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As Carey shared in her 2020 autobiography, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, her upbringing was hard and she’s made sure that her children have been raised in a “safe and abundant environment that has been created for them.” She’s a protective mama bear when it comes to Roc and Roe. “Their lives have never been threatened. Cops have never stormed our house,” she wrote, via The New York Times. “They probably have 300 shirts to rotate and donate, and their sweet, soft curls are deeply understood. They do not live in fear. They have never needed to escape. They don’t try to destroy each other.”
While Carey was initially careful about them being in the spotlight — we rarely see them on a red carpet — she’s letting them enjoy moments on her social media pages. It’s pretty clear Roe doesn’t mind the attention, but don’t count Roc out, he’s willing bust a move when the time is right. So on their 10th birthday today, we celebrate Carey’s beautiful twins and share some behind-the-scenes fun facts about Roc and Roe.
There’s special meaning behind their names
Carey revealed that she chose the twins’ names for specific reasons. She “wanted them to have the initials MC, like me,” according to her autobiography, via The New York Times. Monroe’s moniker was inspired by Marilyn Monroe while Moroccan owes his name to the decor on the top floor of her New York City apartment. We do love their nicknames, Roc and Roe, but for a long time she referred to her children as “dem babies,” who are now “dem kids.”