“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon is opening up about the cause behind his recent health problems, including mild kidney failure over the holidays and discovery of blood clots in his longs in February. Cannon, who is the father of twins with wife Mariah Carey, said his health issues are the result of a Lupus-type autoimmune disorder.

Nick Cannon has battled serious health issues over the past six months, including hospitalization for mild kidney failure over the holidays while on vacation in Aspen. Wife Mariah Carey Tweeted a photo of the two of them in the hospital at the time and called for prayers for a speedy recovery for Cannon from their fans.

“They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is – like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it,” Cannon said in an interview with People during a DJ gig on Wednesday night.

In February, Nick Cannon announced he would be leaving his New York-based radio show after doctors found blood clots in his lungs and told him he needed to slow down.

“The blood clot thing was probably the scariest,” Cannon told People of his second hospitalization in February. “I thought I was getting better, and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere.”

Cannon’s physicians told him the kidney disease and blood clots were related to the “autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system.” To keep himself healthy, Cannon realized he need to remove some of the stress and workload from his life.

“I’m just trying to make sure I put my health first,” Cannon told People. The 31-year-old musician and actor said his health issues and kidney problems will be “something I’m going to be living with all my life.”

“It’s a lot of stuff,” said Cannon, “but it’s all in order now.” Cannon will keep working and doing gigs as he feels up to it, but for now his main focus is getting as healthy as possible. “I feel blessed to be alive,” Cannons aid. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].”


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