*Addressing rumors that Mariah Carey is pregnant, her husband Nick Cannon made his first comments on the subject, tweeting Wednesday, “If & when my wife is ready to make ANY announcements about private matters she will do it personally. Thanks for being respectful. God Bless.”

A short time later, he added, “My heart goes out to any woman who has to deal with public scrutiny and speculation pertaining to their private life REAL TALK!”

Cannon, 29, was responding to swirling speculation about whether Carey is pregnant, sparked by the announcement last week that she was dropping out of Tyler Perry’s next film, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

“She is not doing the movie because her doctor advised her not to,” her rep told UsMagazine.com last week. “More than that, I cannot comment further.”

As reported Wednesday, a “source close to” the couple reportedly told RadarOnline.com that the two are expecting.

“They’re both very excited and very happy,” the source said. “Mariah and Nick want to keep the pregnancy quiet as long as they can.”