Mariah Carey may be a new judge on the hit show American Idol, but the star’s biggest gig is the one she has off-camera — Mommy!

In an exclusive interview with In Touch, on newsstands now, Mariah opens up about her life as Nick Cannon’s wife and what it’s like to have 21-month-old twins, admitting that having kids wasn’t always in the cards for her.

PHOTO: Mariah Gets a Makeover From Daughter Monroe

“I never thought I’d experience motherhood,” she admits. “My career was my life.” But all that changed when she met Nick. “When you find the right person, you [want to] go through it,” she tells In Touch.

And now, the couple have finally settled into their roles as parents and are learning to embrace the unique personalities of their little ones.

PHOTO: Mariah and Nick's Twins Take the Stage

“He’s my little buddy,” Mariah admits of her son, Moroccan. “We watch movies together. He can be a little more aggressive, but not in a bad way — he’ll give his sister a little tap when she’s trying to give him a hug. Monroe is just a sweetie.”

Regardless of their different personas, Mariah feels more adoration now than she ever has.

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“I’m so in love,” the superstar admits of her new family. “Every moment is incredible.”

To see Mariah on American Idol, tune in to FOX on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET.  For more on Mariah’s new life as a mom and how she’s juggling career and family, pick up the latest issue of In Touch,  on newsstands now.

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