In a rare, revealing interview, JAY-Z spoke about his and wife Beyoncé’s parenting style.
While speaking to The Sunday Times, the “Blueprint” rapper said the “most important thing” for his children — 9-year-old Blue and 3-year-old twins Sir and Rumi — is to show them love.
“Feeling loved is the most important thing a child needs, you know?” the Roc Nation founder said. “Not ‘Here’s this business that I’m going to hand over to you, that I’m creating for you.’”
The hip-hop artist also believes parents should not force an interest on their child.
“What if my child doesn’t want to be in music or sports?” he continued. “I have no idea, right? But as long as your child feels supported, and feels loved, I think anything is possible.”
“[The goal is to] just make sure we provide a loving environment, be very attentive to who they want to be,” he said. “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.”
Back in December 2019, during an “Ask Me Anything” session with Elle magazine, Beyoncé revealed how she balances her career and her family life.
“I think the most stressful thing for me is balancing work and life. Making sure I am present for my kids — dropping Blue off at school, taking Rumi and Sir to their activities, making time for date nights with my husband, and being home in time to have dinner with my family — all while running a company can be challenging,” she said in response to being asked what stresses her out.
She concluded, “Juggling all of those roles can be stressful, but I think that’s life for any working mom.”
Despite JAY-Z’s approach to parenting, it appears his children are following in his and Bey’s footsteps.
Back in March, Blue made history when she became the second-youngest artist to win a Grammy for her work on “Brown Skin Girl” – a collaboration with her mom, Guyanese singer SAINt JHN, and Nigerian artist Wizkid.
While accepting the Best R&B Performance Grammy for her song “Black Parade,” Bey congratulated Blue and gave a shout-out to her twins.
“I know my daughter is watching, two daughters and my son are watching,” she said onstage. “Blue, congratulations. You won a Grammy tonight. I’m so proud. I love you so much, my rock.”