It's said that when a little girl is born, she has her father wrapped around her finger and R&B singer Lloyd, who recently welcomed a daughter into the world, is no exception. In a recent interview, he let the world know that the "Southside" singer that we knew before is long gone, and now, his new role as 'Daddy' is his most important job.
2017 was a big year for the now 33-year-old father of two. Not only did he make a comeback to the music game, releasing his first project in 10 years, but in September 2017, he and his girlfriend, Dehea Abraham, welcomed their first child together. Along with adopting a healthier way of living, the singer also had to make some major life-changes. In an interview with Madame Noire, Lloyd shared:
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"Fatherhood has changed me for the best. It has humbled me far beyond anything. It has also energized me and motivated me, not for anything pretentious, just to be the best person I can, the best man I can be."
In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, the singer revealed that the birth of his son, River took a greater toll on his emotional state than he could have imagined, especially after losing a child in a previous relationship to an abortion. So much so, that he cried for three weeks straight. He explained:
"I cried every day for the first three weeks after having my son. It made me look at my mom different and respect her a great deal…especially with her raising me by myself."
He explained that the most amazing gift that fatherhood has had to offer him is the power of self-reflection. In the past, Lloyd has been transparent about his battle with anxiety and depression as well as overcoming turmoil after the death of his little sister. The birth of his children forced the entertainer to take a hard look at his life and choose happiness:
"It's also forced me to look myself in the mirror on a constant, daily basis, and be cognizant about the things I can fix. That's the dopest thing that fatherhood has given me. I don't have to search anymore for fulfillment, especially in any place toxic or far-reaching. It's always inspiration at my fingertips."
"I never felt like that before. It's truly because of those real-life experiences that I'm able to express the sentiment in music. I think it's making me a better person."
Lloyd explained that his mini-muses have also been an essential piece of the singer's creative process.
"I recorded the rest of the 'TRU' album with him in the studio. I played instruments for him every day as a kid and sang him to sleep every day, just really enjoying it."
"[I've changed] as a man, as an artist, as a human being, a neighbor, son and a brother. I look at everything different."
The Atlanta-born superstar shared that his relationship with his children has even played a part in molding his overall worldview.
"Being away from them causes anxiety, but I also look at people's activities a lot different. If I see someone acting a certain way, I'll say 'dang, where her daddy at?' [I realized] everyone is someone's daughter. Everyone is someone's sister. Those are the most special people in my life."
Check out the full interview below!
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