Jay-Z wasn’t caught off guard when it came to becoming a father.
The 51-year-old rapper recounted how the birth of his first kid, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, changed everything during a recent visit on “The Shop: Uninterrupted.”
When questioned about being a father, he said, “I didn’t learn to swim until Blue was born.”
“That’s it. That’s all you need to know. This is a simile for our friendship. I couldn’t even imagine what would happen if she fell in the water and I couldn’t save her. I need to learn to swim. That is all there is to it. That was the start of our friendship.”
The eldest of Jay-three Z’s children with wife Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, is now nine years old. Rumi and Sir, the couple’s twins, will turn four in June.
Blue Ivy’s reaction to her father being nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in February was also disclosed by Jay-Z.
“I got the [Hall of Fame] announcement, I was driving Blue to school, and I was like, ‘This ain’t no celebration,’” he explained, implying that Blue Ivy was not delighted with the joyful news he had to give that morning.
“I was like, ‘Yo, give me a kiss, I’m in the Hall of Fame!’ as she walked away. ‘Bye, dad,'” she says.
Jay-Z has been talking more about his personal life lately. The father of three spoke about his children’s prospects in a rare interview with The Sunday Times in April.
“You know, the most essential thing a youngster needs is to feel loved.”
“What if my child doesn’t want to be in music or sports?”
Jay-Z remarked, later adding, “What if my child doesn’t want to be in music or sports?”
“Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?” But I believe everything is possible as long as your child feels supported and loved.”