In the first episode of the latest season of LeBron James’ show The Shop: Uninterrupted, rapper and Grammy-Award-winning artist Jay-Z revealed that he learned to swim in case he ever needed to save his daughter Blue Ivy from drowning.
Jay-Z revealed, “I didn’t learn how to swim until Blue was born.”
On the reason why, he elaborated further, “There goes everything you need to know. This is a metaphor for our relationship. If she ever fell in the water and I couldn’t get her, I couldn’t even fathom that thought. I gotta learn how to swim. That’s it. That was the beginning of our relationship.”
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When the rapper was asked about what it’s like being a father by WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike, he went on to admit, “It’s amazing. It’s a very grounding thing.”
Later on in the interview, the “Empire State of Mind” singer also discussed how Blue reacted to his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination in February.
“I got the announcement [about the Hall of Fame], I was taking Blue to school, I was like, ‘This ain’t no celebration,” he said.
“She walked away; I was like, ‘Yo, give me a kiss. I’m in the Hall of Fame!’ She’s like, ‘Bye, Dad.”
In a separate interview about parenthood with The Times UK, the father of three discussed his children’s future.
At the time, he mentioned that he believes being a parent means providing “a loving environment” for the children and emphasizing that the parents “are just guides.”
“[The goal is to] just make sure we provide a loving environment, be very attentive to who they want to be,” the hip-hop veteran explained. “It’s easy for us, as human beings, to want our children to do certain things, but we have no idea. We’re just guides.”
“Feeling loved is the most important thing a child needs, you know? What if my child doesn’t want to be in music or sports?” He went on to say, “I have no idea, right? But as long as your child feels supported and feels loved, I think anything is possible,” he added.
Aside from Blue, Jay-Z shares 3-year-old twins Sir and Rumi with entertainer extraordinaire Beyonce.