Jay-Z has revealed he learned how to swim as an adult after he and Beyonce welcomed daughter Blue Ivy in 2012.
In the latest episode of recent Store: Uninterrupted, Co-hosted by NBA star LeBron James and businessman Maverick Carter, the rapper reflects on raising 9-year-old Blue Ivy with twins Rumi and 3-year-old Sir.
“It’s amazing. It’s very basic,” Jay-Z says. “I didn’t learn to swim until Blue was born,” drawing surprising reactions from guest rapper Bad Bunny and WNBA player Nneka Ogwumike.
“There’s everything you need to know,” he continues. “This is a metaphor for our relationship. If you fall into the water and I can’t catch you I didn’t understand the idea at all. I had to learn to swim. That’s it. That’s the beginning of our relationship.”
Jay-Z is one of the larger groups of adults who learn water safety later in life. A 2014 Red Cross survey of more than 1,000 adults and 201 parents of children aged 4 to 17 found that while 80 percent claimed they could swim, only 56 percent had mastered the skill. Water saves five basic lives, while a survey in May Pool and spa retailer Leslie, Inc. found that 20 percent of adults are afraid of swimming. shows that children 4.3 times more likely to be good swimmers if their parents had the ability to use stable water.
during the interview The 23-time Grammy winner also shares how parenthood overshadowed his musical success, such as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May. “I was taking Blue to school,” he joked to the group. “I was like, ‘This isn’t a celebration.’ She walked away. I was like, ‘Yo, I’m in the Hall of Fame.’ She was like, ‘Goodbye dad.'”
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