J. Cole is the proud father of two boys.
The 35-year-old rapper confirmed the news in a personal essay for The Players’ Tribune titled “The Audacity.”
“I learned that I would become a father. It wasn’t a surprise,” Cole, who married Melissa Heholt in 2015, wrote of his goings-on in 2016. “I had been taking steps to change my life for the past couple years, and I felt ready.”
The “4 Your Eyez Only” rapper, who writes about being torn between his love of basketball and rap, revealed he had been struggling to find the motivation to write during that time but ultimately realized he still wanted to rap and had to put his hoop dreams behind him.
“I knew this would take time, patience, discipline, focus, and a willingness to step out of my comfort zone, but I believed it would be worth it,” he wrote.
And worth it, it was.
“Four years have passed,” he wrote. “In that time I’ve been blessed with two sons, learned the delicate art of balance between parenthood and career, had the pleasure of working with a ton of talented artists as a featured rapper, spent 10 magical days recording a Dreamville album in Atlanta, and put a lot of time and energy into sharpening my sword and growing as an artist.”
Cole didn’t reveal the name of his sons.
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