Having a baby at 58 changed my life, says doting dad Ice-T

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Ice-T with his wife, Coco Austin, and their daughter, Chanel. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Ice-T with his wife, Coco Austin, and their daughter, Chanel. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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." 

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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".


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