- Jay-Z appeared on the latest episode of the HBO Max series, “The Shop: Uninterrupted.”
- He opened up about becoming a father after the birth of his oldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
- Jay-Z added that Blue Ivy wasn’t fazed by his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination.
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Jay-Z said the birth of his oldest daughter, Blue Ivy, inspired him to learn how to swim in adulthood.
The “Holy Grail” rapper appeared alongside fellow musician Bad Bunny and WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike on the newest episode of “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” Lebron James and businessman Maverick Carter co-host the HBO Max series.
During the episode, Jay-Z got candid about fatherhood after Ogwumike asked what it was like to be a father of two daughters.
“It’s amazing. It’s a very grounding thing,” Jay-Z, 51, said. “I didn’t learn how to swim until Blue was born. There goes everything you need to know.”
Jay-Z, who was born Shawn Carter, said his desire to protect Blue Ivy drove him to learn.
“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,” he said. “I gotta learn how to swim. That’s it. That was the beginning of our relationship.”
The Grammy winner also joked about Blue Ivy’s blasé reaction to his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination in February.
“I got the announcement. 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.'”
Earlier this month, the Carters delighted fans when they shared the first photo of their whole family in more than a year. Many social media users gushed over how big the couple’s children had grown.