In a new interview with Britain’s “You” magazine, the singer shares how her and her father were able to mend the pieces of their broken relationship back together.
“The process started when my [paternal] grandmother became ill,” she said. “You realize what’s important when you see a person you love dearly and you’re not going to have them for long. It was important to her. And I saw [my father's] love for her. I realized he wasn’t an evil person so I said, ‘Can we start from this point on? Can we be friends? I can start to understand you and you can start to understand me.’”
Alicia recalls the years of anger she felt after Cook left her family when she was just 2-years old, leaving her to be raised by single mom, Teresa. “My father and I are fine now,” she shared. “I would say in the process of growing up, you realize you’ve been holding on to anger. I was angry then and am sure I had the right to be angry, but if you hold on to all this anger the only person you’re hurting is you.”
Now, Alicia says that bonding over her own 2-year old son, Egypt, has helped she and her dad get closer. “I feel both me and my father have grown up,” she said. “I think something happens when you become a grandparent. You have a different mind-set. There’s less pressure on the relationship, so maybe it’s closer. He was with Egypt last week and he loved it.”
Alicia also just announced tour dates for her first U.K. tour since giving birth to Egypt.