Nick Cannon has confirmed reports that he and wife Mariah Carey have separation.

It was recently reported that the American Idol host and his singer spouse had split in May.

But after remaining silent over the allegations for the past few days, Nick has come forward to admit the news is true.

“There is trouble in paradise,” Nick told Yahoo’s The Insider. “We have been living in separate houses for a few months.”

However, Nick insisted he and Mariah are doing their utmost not to put their three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe in the middle of their personal issues.

“My main focus is my kids,” he added.

Nick also dismissed claims that his infidelity was the reason for the split.

It was reported this week that Nick and Mariah’s relationship hit the rocks when he made some comments about past lovers in a radio interview back in March,

Nick, 33, appeared on Big Boy's radio show that month and agreed to share the names of five celebrities he's slept with.

Among them he mentioned Kim Kardashian, which is thought to have incensed 44-year-old Mariah.

It's believed arguments ensued and that their relationship "never recovered".

Later that month Nick appeared on Howard Stern's chat show, where he revealed Mariah made him wait for sex until after the wedding. It's believed these comments angered his superstar wife even further.

The star has previously admitted his comments about past flames may have been inappropriate.

Mariah and Nick met on the set of her music video for Bye Bye and married in 2008.