Jay adores his daughter

Jay-Z has opened up about his bond with daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

The rapper became a dad in January 2012 when wife Beyoncé Knowles, 31, gave birth to their first baby.

And ever since her arrival Jay – real name Shawn Carter – has worried about not being a good enough dad because his own father walked out on him.

‘My pop left when I was young, so he didn’t teach me to be a man, nor how to raise a child or how to treat a woman,’ says Jay, 43.

‘Of course my karma, the two things I need, I don’t have. And I have a daughter.

‘It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad.’

Jay and Beyoncé clearly love being parents though – the proud dad says they’re still in awe of 18-month-old Blue.

‘She’s something that we both created. We still marvel at her,’ he says in a promo video for new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.

There’s also a track on the new record called Heaven, which Jay says is all about his strong emotions towards his daughter.

‘[It] is toying with the idea of it being heaven or hell on earth,’ the rapper says.

‘For me, my idea is, heaven is in your daughter’s laughter. Hell could be if your child was missing for three minutes, you’re in three minutes of hell.’

Watch Jay-Z talk about Blue Ivy Carter below…


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Anna Francis