Mariah Carey has reportedly started divorce proceedings against her husband-of-six years Nick Cannon.
The couple have been surrounded by split rumours for some months now, and it seems that the We Belong Together singer is taking the lead in ending their relationship.
"Mariah has started the divorce process," an insider told E! News. "She's getting all her ducks in a row."
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon married in a secret wedding in 2008
"Nick recently asked if she wanted to bring in a marriage counsellor," the source added, but Mariah is said to have become more upset after Nick aired their marriage troubles.
The pair were reportedly working on a joint statement when Nick, 33, allegedly let slip that he and Mariah, 44, had been living in separate homes for months while their £6million New York pad underwent renovation.
The rapper and record producer, who denied making the comments, unleashed a series of Twitter posts in which he asked for privacy and spoke praises of the mother of his three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.
Nick Cannon is said to be hoping to win his wife back while she prepares for a divorce
"I love @MariahCarey and that will never change!!!" wrote Nick on Wednesday, followed by, "I will always love her unconditionally for this and so much more. @MariahCarey is an amazing Mother and I trust her wholeheartedly...".
"What infuriates me most is to hear people slander @MariahCarey. I will forever be in debted to her for blessing me with our children...," he added.
The America's Got Talent host quickly deleted his approximately 20 posts, with the last dating from the start of July.
Mariah, meanwhile, who "has had several closed door meetings with divorce lawyers," according to Us Weekly, is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour, her publicist said in a statement.
The New York-born singer married Nick in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas after six weeks of dating. Three years later they welcomed twins.