"Feeling Loved Is The Most Important Thing a Child Needs"

Jay-Z is one who wholeheartedly believes in the foundation of the family. The rapper tells The Roanoke Times about his perspective following the coronavirus pandemic.


“In the beginning, it was time for everyone to sit down and really connect, and really focus on family and being together, and take this time to learn more about each other,” Jay shares with the publication. “And then, as it wore on, it’s like, ‘OK, all right, what is the new normal?’ Family is your foundation,” he revealed.

“Feeling loved is the most important thing a child needs,” Jay-Z continues. “Not ‘Here’s this business that I’m going to hand over to you, that I’m creating for you,'” the celebrity father shares. “What if my child doesn’t want to be in music or sports? I have no idea, right? But as long as your child feels supported, and feels loved, I think anything is possible.”

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s oldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is following in her parents’ footsteps as a recording artist. The youngster recently won a Grammy Award for a song collaboration with her mom. Still, even with his excitement about Blue’s career overflowing, Jay-Z does not expect his kids to completely follow his lead in the entertainment industry.

“[We] just make sure we provide a loving environment, be very attentive to who they want to be,” the rapper says. “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. [I go to the gym] just to be able to catch my children on the lawn. Those are my goals. Now it is, but Blue is nine – she’s not a baby anymore.”

Jay-Z and Beyonce have three kids – Blue, Rumi, and Sir – together. Blue celebrated her ninth birthday in January. Rumi and Sir turn 4-years-old in June.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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