Jay-Z learned to swim because of Blue Ivy Carter. The Hip Hop mogul shared his motivation to take up swimming after the birth of his oldest daughter during a recent episode of The Shop: Uninterrupted.
“I didn’t learn how to swim until Blue was born,” Jay admitted. “There goes everything you need to know,” he added. “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. I gotta learn how to swim. That’s it. That was the beginning of our relationship.”
Blue Ivy and Jay-Z’s relationship is one of hilarity. It was just a few months ago that Jay told a comical story about the lesson Blue taught him while headed off to school.
“She was asking a thousand questions and we had to leave for school,” Jay said during a guest spot on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The celebrity responded rather harshly to his daughter who expected answers to her inquiries. Blue did not let her father’s attitude go unchecked.
“We’re driving, and I hear a little voice. ‘Dad?’ I turn around and she said, ‘I didn’t like when you told me to get in the car the way you told me. It hurt my feelings.'” Jay-Z appreciated his daughter’s response. He also learned the importance of family, which remained critical during the lockdowns brought about the coronavirus pandemic last year.
“Family is your foundation,” Jay said during a recent interview with The Roanoke Times. “Feeling loved is the most important thing a child needs,” the celebrity father added. “Not ‘Here’s this business that I’m going to hand over to you, that I’m creating for you,” Jay-Z explained.
“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 have three kids – Blue Ivy, Sir, and Rumi – together. The couple’s youngest kids celebrate their fourth birthdays next month.