Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are expecting a boy and a girl.

"Even before we announced it was twins, I was trying to keep everything gender-neutral because I didn't want to impose an identity on them too soon," Carey told Life & Style. "There were fan contests on Twitter about what gender they are and rumors about them being two boys or two girls — but nobody guessed this!"

Mariah Carey expecting twins

Cannon also confirmed the news to E!: "If my wife says it's true, then it is."

These will be the first children for the couple, who married in 2008. Carey, 41, became pregnant shortly thereafter, but suffered a miscarriage. Cannon, 30, announced they were expecting twins in December.