Kim Kardashian and Nick Carter, circa 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Nick Carter, circa 2006.

Nick Cannon, who famously married music diva Mariah Carey, said his relationship with reality TV Kim Kardashian in 2006 and early 2007 was wrecked by her sex tape.

Cannon reportedly made the revelation on the The Howard Stern Show last week, but because the show is limited to a subscription audience on satellite radio, word of the comments have only just surfaced.

Cannon dated Kardashian from Sept. 2006 to Jan. 2007 and said the break up was triggered because Kim had lied about making a sex tape with boyfriend Ray J, a singer. The timing adds up.

Although Kim and Ray J made their home sex video in 2003, rumors about its existence first surfaced in late 2006. In February 2007, the tape was leaked onto the Internet. Vivid Entertainment bought the rights to the video for $1 million and flipped it onto the market as “Kim Kardashian: Superstar” before the month was out.

Kardashian sued Vivid claiming she was the rightful owner of the tape. She settled with the adult-film distributor for $5 million and a reported slice of the profits and the tape went back on the market in late April 2007.

Kim posed for Playboy later that year, setting the stage for her springboard to fame as a reality television star and brand entrepreneur.

Nick was caught up in the controversy as rumors started to surface and confronted Kim about it. “This was my issue. We talked about this tape, and she told me there was no tape.

“If she might have been honest with me I might have tried to hold her down and be like ‘That was before me’ because she is a great girl,” Cannon said.

Nick also said he believes Kim had a hand in its release. Kardashian’s estranged husband Kris Humphries reportedly said that Kim told him her mother, Kris Jenner, encouraged her to make the tape and managed its sale to make money. Jenner has denied the claim.

Kim is in the middle of a heated divorce from Humphries and is currently dating rapper Kanye West, whose career is reportedly taking a hit because of his association with the reality star.