Wale Gets Real About Fatherhood: I Didn’t Know I Was Gonna Struggle With Connecting Emotionally To A Baby Girl

Wale and daughter Zyla Moon

Wale Gets Real About Fatherhood: I Didn’t Know I Was Gonna Struggle With Connecting Emotionally To A Baby Girl

In case you’ve missed it,  Wale’s new album Wow… That’s Crazy is super deep. It’s been a little while since he came out with a studio album, and it’s safe to say fans have heard what he’s been going through as he raps about his life experiences.

He said during an interview that he touches on his personal issues from being promiscuous to not feeling affection from his parents.

“I’m literally telling you I’m this troubled bachelor that’s like.. .I’m with all these beautiful women, trying to think what I’m gonna tell them when they get alone. I’m a glutton for women I shouldn’t yearn for… shouldn’t be tempted…or maybe I like to hurt, or maybe because I was searching to find me the perfect person…”

He said those experiences are what helped shape his new album.

“Now I’m carrying the bitterness… My parents never showed much, that’s like the foundation of where we’re going through the album. I’m struggling maneuvering through the industry. An industry that’s kind of broke me down, but an industry that I won’t let break me. I’m maneuvering through that, and I’m trying to understand my life better and live a better life and stay on the right track.”

Also during the conversation, he got candid about how his upbringing impacted him as a father, especially to a baby girl. Wale is father to three-year-old daughter Zyla Moon. Her mother is Wale’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Alexis. 


Wale and daughter Zyla Moon

Chloe Alexis, Wale

“I never really talk about this about my daughter. I struggle, my baby’s mother is an amazing mother. But me, I struggle sometimes. And I didn’t know this was gonna happen.  When you have kids, you don’t know your true self for real, especially if you have a daughter. I didn’t know I was gonna struggle with connecting emotionally to a baby girl. I do feel it, but expressing it is so different. I didn’t realize it until I started talking to people and seeing professionals like, ‘You weren’t raised like that.’

Sometimes how you’re raised doesn’t come into fruition until you start raising somebody. I never was like, ‘Oh! Gaga goo goo’ and all this other stuff. It’s love, but it’s how I do it. And the feeling is there. I know it’s cause I ain’t really come like… My mother never sent me to school [and] kissed me on the cheek, or kissed me goodnight… It was really just a fear. We love our parents and we respect them but it’s ‘Did you sweep the floor before I come home from work?'”

Can you relate? Tell us in the comments.


Authored by: Char Patterson