Jay-Z says watching Blue Ivy Carter perform with Beyoncé made him 'super proud'

Jay-Z is a very proud father. In a new interview with CBS Morning's Gayle King, the rapper opened up about everything from his family life to wife Beyoncé's groundbreaking Renaissance World Tour talk.

However, he brought social media to tears when he gave a shout-out to his 11-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, opening up about what it was like to see her perform with her mother over the summer.

While traveling the world, Blue Ivy regularly joins Beyoncé on stage to perform her The Gift song "MY POWER," faithfully performing the choreography. As Bey headed backstage for a quick costume change, Blue melted into the dancers, keeping the crowd entertained, and their movements became more and more precise with each performance.

Why Jay-Z is proud of Blue Ivy

In the viral video, Jay-Z commented on the public scrutiny Blue Ivy faced as a child simply because she is the daughter of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and said he was "super proud" of her for being able to work through that.

"Bleu was born into a life she didn't ask for," he explains. "Ever since she was born, she has been under the public spotlight and attention, and everyone has an opinion on how she manages her hair, even for a little girl."

Watching his daughter perform on stage "gives me goosebumps," he said. "You couldn't have written a better script for her to get on stage and take her power back, the song is called 'MY POWER,'" he said, adding how rewarding it is to see her stage presence continue to grow. Satisfactory.

Blue Ivy Carter and Beyoncé perform on stage during the RENAISSANCE World Tour on August 11, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

Jay-Z went on to recall how nervous Blue was when she first walked on stage, even though she didn't show it. "She came out to 80,000 people and she was 11 years old, so she was nervous," he said. "I know her, so I know how nervous she is, I know how scared she is, but she wants to do it."

In fact, she wanted to appear on opening night, but he and Bay made her rehearse like everyone else, meaning she didn't make her debut until a few shows later. "We said, 'Well, if you want to do this, you can't just go out, you have to work with the dancers,'" he said. "She works every day and watches them work hard." As a result, Blue is listed as a dancer in the tour credits on Beyoncé's website.

Of course, he also had some nice words to say about Bey, who even organized the show. "First of all, my wife, I know how hard she works," he said. "To me, this is her best tour."

Origin of the name Blue Ivy

Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter will attend Super Bowl 57 on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

During the interview, Jay-Z also told the origin of Blue Ivy's name and refuted rumors that "blue is his favorite color." "I wish it were that simple," he quipped. "Here's a story, and I'll tell you the story."

It turns out that Bey and Jay Z had originally planned to name their first child Brooklyn, after the rapper's famous hometown. "That's our theoretical name," he said. "But when we got the sonogram, they were so tiny, we called her Blueberry. It was like, 'Wow, look at little Blueberry.' "It's like a nickname for nine months...so naturally, we often call her 'Blue' for short."