J. Cole has revealed through a recent personal essay for Derek Jeter’s The Player’s Tribune that he is a father of two boys.
Cole, who dwelt at length about his college day dreams and his first record deal in the essay titled “The Audacity,” said he and wife Melissa Heholt have welcomed a second son together.
Cole, who released his album 4 Your Eyez Only in 2016, says in the essay, “Four years have passed. 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 married Heholt in 2015. He confirmed in 2018 that he had started a family, telling radio DJ Angie Martinez that his purpose in life was “to be a father and husband.”
“When I’m home and I come home, outside of, like, playing with my son, if I go three days without doing music, making a beat, writing a song…I start to feel like, miserable,” he said in 2018.
In July 2019, in his Revenge of the Dreamers III‘s final track, “Sacrifices,” Cole rapped about his love for Heholt and then said the couple was expecting again.
“I had nowhere to go, she gave me a place to stay / She gave me her heart to hold / I still got that s— to this day,” he began.
“She gave me the gift of my son / and plus we got one on the way,” he continued. “She gave me a family to love, for that, I can never repay / I’m crying while writing these words, the tears, they feel good on my face.”
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