J. Cole has been long rumored to have secretly wed his longtime girlfriend Melissa Heholt and has a newborn child with her.
This is the first time that the platinum-selling rapper is opening up about the rumors, pretty much confirming that he has a child. The Dreamville emcee has been notorious in keeping his life private which makes this interview with The New York Times all the more interesting. The interview comes ahead of the premiere of his J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only documentary on HBO.
One of the things that he broke his silence about was that fact that he had a child now even though he didn’t reveal the gender or age. J. Cole also spoke about not getting caught up with the other side of fame like the money cars and women. “The other side, it’s what we grow up believing that we need and want. It’s everybody’s dream,” he says. “Who doesn’t want the pick of the litter on this, that and the third? Money, women, cars. And beyond all of that — which I really wasn’t into — praise…It’s addictive. To recognize it, it was the first step. I had to recognize, well, where’s the fear coming from?”
The story also touches on J. Cole having control of his master recordings for his new album 4 Your Eyez Only which is now certified platinum. The Roc Nation rapper also spoke about not paying attention to the competition and not trying too hard to score a hit song, rather than just focusing on making the best music he possibly can. “Trying to prove that I could do something that they don’t think I can, it was a very sad place when I look back,” he added. “I understand that what I’m doing is what I don’t see, is what I would like to see being done but is not being done.”
J. Coles album 4 Your Eyez Only had the third highest debuts in 2016 after selling 492,000 copies in the first week.