Nick first shared the heartbreaking news of Zen’s passing during the Dec. 7 episode of his eponymous daytime talk show. According to the 41-year-old comedian, the infant had been diagnosed with a “pretty much a malignant, midline brain tumor,” and he and Alyssa took Zen to the beach as one of the final things they did as a family before his passing

Nick stated that he was holding his son “forever” on that trip, and that it had been a great experience.

On the January 31st episode Nick Cannon ShowThe actor revealed that he had been expecting with Bre, but had not shared the information in the past to respect Alyssa’s grieving process. He explained that he felt the need to confirm the pregnancy after photos of him and Bre attending a baby shower surfaced over the weekend.

Nick explained that Nick didn’t know how to respond to Zen. It was not planned that we would talk about the news, even though it is out right now. It happened. “We are here, and I am with my family.”