Celebrity Parents J. Cole Confirms He and Wife Melissa Heholt Welcomed a Second Son: 'I've Been Blessed' J. Cole announced his second child on the way in July 2019, in the closing lyrics of his song "Sacrifices" By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 21, 2020 01:06 PM Share Tweet Pin Email J. Cole. Photo: Isaac Brekken/WireImage J. Cole is a father of two. The notoriously private "Middle Child" rapper, 35, confirmed in a candid, personal essay published Monday on The Players' Tribune, titled "The Audacity," that he and wife Melissa Heholt have welcomed a second son together. "I've been blessed with two sons, learned the delicate art of balance between parenthood and career, had the pleasure of working with a ton of talented artists as a featured rapper, spent 10 magical days recording a Dreamville album in Atlanta and put a lot of time and energy into sharpening my sword and growing as an artist," Cole — whose next album, The Fall Off, is slated for release this year — wrote of how he has spent the last four years. The musician recalled "learn(ing) that I would become a father" for the first time at some point in 2016 earlier in his essay, saying it "wasn't a surprise" to hear the news. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. J. Cole. Suzi Pratt/WireImage RELATED GALLERY: 19 Celeb Couples Who Were Really, Really Good at Keeping Their Baby News a Secret "I had been taking steps to change my life for the past couple years, and I felt ready," Cole said. In the four years since, "The fire that was once dying out has returned, and for that I'm grateful," Cole continued near the end of his essay. "On my career bucket list, there remain a few more items to check off before I give myself permission to enter whatever the next chapter of my life may be." "However, as I approach the summit of this mountain, I still find myself staring at that other one in the distance, wondering if I can climb," he added, concluding, "At 35 years old, I know that sounds crazy when said out loud, but I believe all of the best dreams do." The Grammy winner took a nontraditional approach to revealing the news that he and Heholt, 32, had a second baby on the way in July 2019, sneaking it into his newest Dreamville album, Revenge of the Dreamers III. J. Cole and Melissa Heholt. Prince Williams/WireImage; Facebook RELATED VIDEO: Drake Confirms He Has a Son on New Album Scorpion: "The Kid Is Mine" In the final track, "Sacrifices," Cole dropped the secret in his closing lyrics, first rapping about his love for Heholt and then saying the couple was expecting again. "I had nowhere to go, she gave me a place to stay / She gave me her heart to hold / I still got that s--- to this day," he began. "She gave me the gift of my son / and plus we got one on the way," he continued. "She gave me a family to love, for that, I can never repay / I'm crying while writing these words, the tears, they feel good on my face." J. Cole, whose real name is Jermaine Cole, and Heholt married in 2015. The couple did not confirm they had a first son until Cole's 2018 interview with radio DJ Angie Martinez, during which he said his purpose in life was "to be a father and a husband." "But I feel like I've created a life where my purpose is too much placed in music," he added in the interview. "When I'm home and I come home, outside of like playing with my son, if I go three days without doing music, making a beat, writing a song … I start to feel, like, miserable."