The dad of two opened up to Parents magazine about playing his most rewarding role. The award-winning music producer “always wanted to be a dad” and “couldn’t wait to have kids,” he told the outlet as he posed in matching outfits with sons Asahd, 4, and Aalam, 10 months.
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Khaled has had many notable moments to get excited about – Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, collaborations with Jay-Z, Rihanna, Drake and more – but perhaps he’s most enthusiastic about being a dad. As his social media followers know, he can frequently be heard saying a big, “I love you!”
Khaled and his wife, Nicole Tuck, spoke to Parents from their home in Florida as the day was winding down.
Tuck joked about the fact that Asahd was still up during their interview. “I didn’t realize what time it was,” she said. “But he wanted to hang out with us, so I’m letting him hang out for a little while. The other night Khaled and I had plans to go for sushi, and he jumped in the car with us, in his pajamas.”
“We didn’t stop him,” said Khaled. “The Khaleds, always together.”
Like many families, the Khaleds had to adjust to life in quarantine. Tuck set-up a learning pod and they turned their guesthouse into a schoolhouse.
Khaled often spends time with Asahd riding around his property on a golf cart while they chat about their day.
“That’s our time. He tells me everything he’s doing and what he’s been thinking about. And I talk to him about how proud we are of him and how good he’s doing in school, and how great he is at being a big brother. It’s real peaceful. It’s kind of our man-to-man time,” the mega-producer said.
Khaled settled not far from where he grew up in Orlando, FL. His parents, who immigrated from Palestine and set up a store in an Orlando mall, taught him about hard work.
“As a kid I worked in the store, marking pants up to get hemmed, pulling suits off racks, opening boxes, putting price tags on clothes. I saw how hard they worked seven days a week, never one day off. But they still raised me and my brothers and sisters. It was incredible,” he said as he reminisced about growing up working at his parent’s shop.
Now, Khaled is working hard and enjoying every minute at home with his family.
“They bring me joy every single day,” he said about his sons.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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