Celebrity Dads and Their Daughters

Celebrity Dads and Their Daughters
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 16, 2012

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Malia and Sasha Obama call the most powerful man in the world, “daddy.” Asked how he felt about Malia, 12, approaching a time where she’ll start dating, President Obama responded, “That’s why we have the Secret Service.”

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Singer Lionel Richie has two daughters, fashion designer Nicole Richie, and 14-year-old Sofia.

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“In [Willow’s] eyes, it’s like the world is at my fingertips because I’ve got daddy,” Jada Pinkett-Smith recently told ESSENCE.com. “For a little girl to be in partnership with her father in that way brings tears to my eyes every time because I feel like every little girl in the world deserves that.”

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Comedian Chris Rock, dad to daughters Lola, 10, and Zahra, 8, famously told Oprah that his greatest goal in life was to keep his daughters “off the pole.” “That’s it!” he said, “No stripper daughters. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but it’s wrong for my daughters.”

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Jay-Z holds his 6-month-old daughter Blue Ivy close. The rapper dedicated the song Glory to his bundle of joy.

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Legendary producer Quincy Jones and daughter Rashida Jones share a special bond. Jones has five other daughters.

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Though he helped raise soon-to-be ex-wife Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni, 8, Lou Samuel, 2, is singer Seal’s first biological daughter.

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Jamie Foxx and daughter Corinne Marie Bishop Foxx, 18, have always maintained a close relationship. The comedian recently griped at the fact that Corinne was growing up so fast.

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Though Lenny Kravitz describes himself as “old-school about the father-daughter thing,” he’s also admits that daughter Zoe Kravitz is his best fried. “She grew up with me. I didn’t hide a lot,” he told Details. “She learned by listening and observing what I was doing.”

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“Fatherhood is more than a job, it’s more than a responsibility,” rapper Snoop Dogg (pictured with daughter Cori) told Esquire. “It’s a lifestyle. You gotta be prepared to live it.”

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Eric Benet raised his daughter India Benet, 18, as a single dad. He recently welcomed another daughter, Lucia Bella, with wife Manuela.

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Denzel Washington, pictured with daughter Olivia, says being a dad has helped keep him grounded throughout his career.

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See world, even hip hop moguls like Diddy have a soft spot for their baby girls.

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Ludacris recently honored his 10-year-old daughter Karma by launching an educational website called Karmasworld.com.

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