Mariah Carey Was Gifted Luxury Cars From Ex-Husband Nick Cannon Despite Not Having a Driver’s License: ‘It’s Better for the World’

Mariah Carey is one of those celebrities who is well known as a diva. It’s probably no surprise she’s driven everywhere by a personal chauffeur, with every need attended to. It turns out vanity isn’t the only reason the music superstar is driven everywhere she goes. The fact is, even though she owns several luxury cars, Carey doesn’t have a driver’s license to operate any of them.

Nick Cannon lavished Mariah Carey with luxury cars and other gifts

Mariah Carey Nick Cannon in 2009
Mariah Carey Nick Cannon in 2009 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI

Mariah Carey is one of the world’s best-known singers, famous for her five-octave range. With a net worth of $320 million from albums, tours, acting roles, and endorsement deals, Carey doesn’t exactly need anyone to buy her luxurious gifts. But her then-husband Nick Cannon had other ideas. Cannon was well known for lavishing expensive and extravagant gifts on his wife, including jewelry, luxury cars, and property.

Carey and Cannon met in 2005 at the Teen Choice Awards. Then, in 2008, she cast him in one of her music videos, and sparks flew. After a whirlwind romance of only a few weeks, he proposed, and the couple married the same year in the Bahamas. Although they officially divorced in 2016, Carey and Cannon remain friends and co-parents to their twins. 

The music diva once had a driver’s license 

According to Leasing Options, Nick Cannon adored buying luxury cars as gifts for Mariah Carey even though the singer didn’t have a license to drive any of them. Cannon didn’t let price intimidate him. His gifts included some of the most extravagant supercars ever built, with names like Rolls-Royce, Maserati, and Mercedes. 

At one point, Carey had a driver’s license. But now, Mariah stated, “I don’t drive… It’s better for the world. And also, I let my license expire a long time ago when I left this place,” Yahoo! News reports.

She is referring to her former home in New York state. Now that she spends more time in New York City, she has no desire to drive through the city streets. In fact, she thinks the public is safer without her behind the wheel. 

Mariah Carey’s car collection

Mariah Carey owns some spectacular cars thanks to gifts from ex-husband Nick Cannon. Notably, he bought her a hot-pink Porsche Cayenne for her 40th birthday in 2010. According to Hot Cars TV, the luxury car was one-of-a-kind. Cannon worked with paint specialists to come up with the unique shade, dubbed “Mariah Carey Pink.”  The interior also had specialty pink stitching on black leather seats and her initials embroidered into the headrests. 

Another car in Carey’s stable is a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. This is the ultimate chauffeur vehicle, with a rear compartment featuring high-grade Alcantara leather upholstery with features like an interior bar and a high-end entertainment system. The convertible Rolls-Royce cost Cannon $500,000. 

Celebrity Net Worth reports that Mariah also has a 2012 Mercedes SLK-Class R172. This luxury car has a folding Vario Roof with a center glass panel that changes from opaque to transparent. Carey’s model is set apart with a pink “M” embroidered onto each headrest.

Other gifts from Cannon to Carey include a Maybach 62 sedan, a Maserati Quattroporte, and a custom matte-black Range Rover. Mariah Carey proves that not having a driver’s license is no reason not to own a killer car collection.

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