Becoming a dad again at 58 helped him reset his life, says Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T.
The 65-year-old rapper and actor, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, says raising Chanel (7), his daughter with his wife Coco Austin, made him feel like he was getting a second chance at life, and saw him changing his lifestyle.
"[Fatherhood] started my life over – I got back to being healthy, back in the gym, looking good. I'm strong. I've got to live. I can't go anywhere," he says.
The rapper has two adult children, daughter LeTesha Marrow (47) and son, Tracy Marrow Jr (31), and one grandson, LeTesha's son, Elyjah (28).
"I already have a couple of kids, you know, grown kids. But this baby right here really activated my life."
Ice-T and Coco, who tied the knot in 2002, say they aren't planning on having more kids.
"[Coco] doesn’t want any more kids. You know, one and done," he says.
Coco has said that she feels like she’s "under a microscope all the time" because she's an "unconventional mother".
The reality TV star took flak after posting a video of her bathing Chanel in a kitchen sink, and a few years later for breastfeeding Chanel, then five, and pushing her in a pram.
"I’ve dedicated the last six years of putting everything aside, my career, my everything just for her [Chanel]," Coco says. "You just want a little love and respect from people."
READ MORE| Coco Austin bathes six-year-old daughter in kitchen sink – and the internet blows up!
Coco told US magazine that breastfeeding her daughter, even at age five, "is a big bonding moment for a mother and child".
Ice-T defended his wife by saying it was a way for their daughter "to get close to her mom".
SOURCES: TODAY.COM, TAMRONHALLSHOW.COM, NEWS.YAHOO.COM