November 15th, 2011
04:16 PM ET
Kelly Rowland has mentioned on the red carpet that Beyonce and Jay-Z's little girl - assuming the superstar soon-to-be mom is in fact having a girl in February - will get everything she could ever desire from her industry mogul dad.
But Jay, 42, says in a new interview with GQ magazine that it's not about just spending the cash he and Bey have acquired throughout their careers.
"Providing - that's not love," the rapper tells GQ. "Being there - that's more important. I mean, we see that. We see that with all these rich socialites. They're crying out for attention; they're hurting for love. I'm not being judgmental, I'm just making an observation. They're crying out for love they didn't get at home, and they got everything. All the material things they could need and want. So we know that's not the key."
And it's an observation influenced by his own experience growing up, as his father left his family when Jay was 11.
"If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts - but it's not like you had a connection with something that was real. Not to say it's any better - but to have that connection and have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero."
So with his first kid, Jay doesn't sound like he's going to miss a moment - not even diaper duty.
"Of course, of course," he says of the prospect of changing diapers. "One hundred percent."
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