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The America's Got Talent host confirmed his split on Good Morning America

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated December 08, 2014 04:55 PM
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More ABC US news | ABC World NewsDespite their marital troubles, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are making their family “the number one priority” this holiday season.

Cannon, 34, appeared on Good Morning America on Monday, and though he confirmed the couple’s separation, he went on to say that he and Carey won’t let their split take a toll on their 3-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, when it comes to Christmas.

“We’ll forever be family,” the America’s Got Talent host said. “We’re there for our children, and are making them the number one priority and understanding that they’re loved and can have an amazing holiday.”

According to a source, Carey, 45, has been in touch with divorce lawyers, which is what caused her to be late to Tuesday’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree light lighting taping.

While Carey has been “trying to keep it together,” Cannon has been focusing on staying positive.

“Ultimately, I would think that is what life is all about, to try to pursue happiness, and I try to wake up and take each day with a grain of salt, and say, ‘How can I be happy today?'” he recently told PEOPLE, though he said in November that he was not ready to date.