A$AP Rocky is in full father mode.
The 33-year-old rapper and Rihanna welcomed a baby boy in Los Angeles, People and Entertainment Tonight reported May 19. TMZ, the first outlet to publish the news, reported Rihanna gave birth on May 13.
Rocky discussed parenting and the ideology he hopes to teach their son in a Dazed Summer 2022 cover interview published Monday.
“I will always remind my children to never lose their imagination, even as adults, no matter what… I hope to raise open-minded children. Not people who discriminate,” he said of fatherhood. “And I’m not trying to describe a saint, but realistically, I just want a cool child with cool parents.”
The “DMB” rapper added: “Things like diversity and versatility are important, and they’ll be embedded in the household.”
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Rocky and Rihanna have worked on fostering their family for the past year.
In April, the couple took a trip to Barbados. Rihanna was born and raised on the Caribbean island and Rocky’s father is from there.
“I was raised to know about my heritage, but I was missing the actual experience,” Rocky told Dazed regarding their trip to Barbados. “I didn’t get to experience it until I was an adult. It was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve encountered in my lifetime.”
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Ahead of their baby’s arrival, Rihanna graced the cover of Vogue magazine’s May issue where she discussed Rocky getting out of the “friend zone,” the moment she and the rapper “became my family,” and how she learned that she was pregnant.
“People don’t get out of the friend zone very easily with me,” she said in the cover story published April 12. “And I certainly took a while to get over how much I know him and how much he knows me, because we also know how much trouble we can land each other in.”
Rihanna said the rapper “became my family” during the 2020 quarantine lockdowns. The two music artists left many of their luxuries behind to go on a road trip together from Los Angeles to New York.
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“I cooked our food on this little janky grill I bought from Walmart,” the Forbes billionaire said. “I love the simple things but also the grand adventures… I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side of him.”
In her Vogue cover story, Rihanna revealed that the pair’s latest adventure into parenthood wasn’t something they had planned, but they also weren’t opposed to the idea.
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Elise Brisco, Edward Segarra