Jay-Z graces the cover of GQ’s upcoming “Men Of The Year” December issue, where the soon-to-be father speaks on his relationship with his late father Adnis Reeves (who abandoned his family when Jay was 11 years old) and also reveals how he plans on not just providing for his child, but also being deeply involved in their life.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:
On his father abandoning him:
“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 then 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.”
On meeting with his father before his death:
Just a month before his father died in 2003 from alcoholism … Jay got a chance to meet with him and finally get to say all of the things that had been affecting him for years.
“[I talked about] what it did to me, what it meant, asked him why. There was no real answer. There was nothing he could say, because there’s no excuse for that. There really isn’t. So there was nothing he could say to satisfy me, except to hear me out. And it was up to me to forgive and let it go.”
On physically being there for his child:
“Providing—that’s not love. 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 the love that maybe they didn’t get at home, and they got everything. All the material things that they need and want. So we know that’s not the key.
On him changing diapers:
“Of course, of course. One hundred percent.”
On letting the baby ride in the back of his Maybach:
“Yeah. Wouldn’t that be great? That would be a great picture.”
We’re more than positive the Jiggaman is going to make a great dad … because he’s wise enough to get the job done the right way!