While some celebrities are trying to shield their kids from the arts, Kelis is encouraging her son to embrace the creativity within. The singer tells Spin that Knight,4, is determined to play the guitar.
“He’s four. But, yeah, he’s definitely very musical,” says Kelis. “He played the guitar. No, he’s like determined to play the guitar! But I don’t expect him to not be musical, I’ll encourage that, but that’s not the only thing. But yeah, he is aware. If I ever have a daytime session, when he’s not at school, he’s there. He’s been to shows, he’s very aware that this is what we do.”
The ‘Milkshake’ further discusses her son’s future telling Spin, “I’ll also encourage him to work at whatever he’s doing. Especially now, pushing the music thing. I want him to be musical because it’s great. It’s a great feeling, it’s a great gift, but I don’t know that I want him to do it for a living.”
Although she understands that being in the spotlight requires a certain level of transparency, Kelis stresses that she will not allow her son to be bullied by critics. “I’m a mother and I’m not going to let people exploit me or my son. He has his own life,” explains the artist. “Like while I’m here — he’s the center of my life. I am very cautious and I think people think you’re public property, which I don’t agree with. But I recognize that’s the position that I put myself in. They don’t put you in that place. It’s not up for discussion.”
Knight is Kelis’ only child with ex-husband Nas. He will celebrate his fifth birth in July.