TMZ is reporting that not only have Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon begun divorce proceedings, but they've been apart for several months already. Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ that Mariah and Nick have been living in separate houses in NYC since May. Cannon sees the kids but that's the extent of their contact.

The beginning of the split is rumored to be Nick's appearance on Big Boy's radio show back in March, during which Nick named five celebrities that he has slept with. Nick named five (Mariah, Christina Milian, Nicole Scherzinger, Selina Ebanks, and Kim Kardashian), but TMZ's sources say it was the Kim Kardashian reveal that drove Carey away.

Sources also claim that Carey feels that Nick is taking every job that's offered to him despite being fine monetarily, keeping him away from the kids for extended periods of time.

Nick reportedly earned $75 million for the family since 2011.


[Update: Nick Has Filed For Divorce]

While we've known that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were headed toward a divorce since last August, news has just broken that official papers have been filed, and it seems Nick beat Mariah to the punch.

According to TMZ, Cannon filed for divorce on December 12th. This apparently lines up with a previous story that Mariah was late for her NBC tree-lighting special after talking with her lawyers about a property settlement. The urgency would make sense if Nick was planning to file just a week later.

That's all we know for now. We'll keep you updated as further info emerges.