Jay-Z on fatherhood: Being there is most important
November 15th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

Jay-Z on fatherhood: Being there is most important

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."

Filed under: Celebrities • Jay-Z • Music

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  1. LadyJ

    I guess the news groups who broke, released, and confirmed the story of Jay-Z's hidden son were lying. Maybe that is why he refuses to sue CNN or even deny their accusations. Because the story is true. Not hating, just being real. But I don't kiss the ass of celebrities, their sh!t stinks too. BTW, greeting shoppers is a job you must be familiar with! I'm a elementary school teacher! The only FOOL is you believing they are great people because you like their music. DUMB!

    November 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LadyJ

    What a piece of sh!t. Maybe you should start by claiming, loving, and taking care of the son you hid for the last 8 years. That's if crazy ass Beyonce is really pregnant. Everyone knows there is somthing evil and dark about both of you. Really good people do not have to spend so much time trying to create positive public images for themselves, unless it's just that.... a fake and created public image!! Integrity and honor shows without announcing it.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • mYK

      Wow hating much. Do you know for sure that he has a kid that he has hidden for 8 yrs. NO Hey Ladyj don't believe everything you read. IT MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL. Now get back to greeting the people as they come in to wal-mart..

      November 18, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • joey

      who cares.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. marisa

    taking the heat is part of being famous..too bad

    November 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lil taytay

    he is a good parent

    November 17, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. haters

    why do all of you care anyway. get back to your own sad lives.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    So you had a kid, so what? Let's see what kind of monster you unleash on society. Good Luck!

    November 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • GINA


      November 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sue

    Best of Luck Mr. & Mrs Cleaver.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TRUTH

    And the winner is...drum roll... "Observer"!!! woohoo! Big round of applause for the most hatefilled negative person who commented on this article!

    November 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TRUTH


    November 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    I have to wonder if he will be like the vast majority of black males and will wind up abandoning the child after birth. Much like he did to his first kid.

    November 16, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      The chances are extremely high that he does. The truth hurts.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      Yeah like all the other races are so stand-up.. Your LAME

      November 18, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Derrick

      You might want to prove that it is his child before you start bashing him, then you also need to make sure he knows it is his as even if those reports in the gossip magazines, it says the man who was the "real" had a DNA test to find out it wasnt his kid.

      so even if it was Jay's kid, how would he know if another man already claimed responsibility for the last 9 years and the mother agreed that he was the father ?

      November 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cory

    good luck hov god bless ya

    November 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Austin

    What difference does it make?The child will have round the clock nannies a thirty thousand a year school from ages three til seventeen,won't go to college unless it's film school maybe and will live off a financial fund and say their a producer/actor/model in moms' and companies.Just another loser kid of celebrities,why they choose to have babies i'll never know.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrick

      actually, the majority of Celebrities kids do end up going to college and doing something with their lives, Why you decide to bash an unborn child shows your level of stupidity so i have no clue why i am even replying to your ignorance.

      November 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. j

    This is not his first child, he has a son. He should know what it means to be a parent.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrick

      You people really need to stop quoting gossip websites as if they are fact.

      what would even be the point of jay Z hiding that he has a son,He has never been a "holier than thou" type person and further more, why would he write songs saying he wanted a child if he already has one ?

      you people need to think before you post

      November 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TRUTH

    Queue all the negative comments in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 .....

    November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

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