Jason Derulo talks about travel and being a new dad. (Photo: Getty Images; designed by Quinn Lemmers) Welcome to So Mini Ways, Yahoo Life’s parenting series on the joys and challenges of child-rearing.
It’s been only two months since Jason Derulo became a dad, welcoming a son, Jason King, with girlfriend Jena Frumes on May 8. Since then, the “Wiggle” singer has been immersed in late nights and dirty diapers — the latter a messy experience lampooned in his new campaign for the #HotwireHotelGoals challenge, in which Derulo will help judge which TikToker’s entry deserves a luxury vacation worth $50,000. Ahead, the new father opens up about his own go-to getaway, singing to his son and why he decided to have a junior.
How are you feeling?
The newborn stage can be pretty intense. It’s really been awesome. You hear about all the horrors, but they don’t tell you about all the good stuff. It’s an amazing experience. I have been waking up every couple hours most nights and Jena has been an absolute superhero. I’m fortunate in that department. Sometimes I just don’t know how she’s doing it, but she’s definitely the ringleader in this whole thing.
His name is Jason King. Why King?
I thought I would always name my son King first, but I decided to name him after me. He’s actually the carrier of my last name because my sister has a girl and my brother has a little girl. I thought it was good for him to be a junior.
Are you a hands-on dad?
I’m hands-on [laughs]. Jena is definitely the one doing the majority of it. But yeah, I’ve changed some diapers. If she needs something, I’ll be her assistant. I’m like her sous chef.
The two of you are probably in need of a getaway right now, but you’re actually working with Hotwire’s TikTok challenge to give someone a lavish trip. What’s your own ideal getaway — is there a place you’re really excited to take your son when things open up?
The one place I feel like is a getaway and really serene and still has things to do in Bali. That would be a place [where] I’d want to bring family and really relax and chill out. But yeah, the partnership with Hotwire is inspiring because it’s been a tough year for everybody, and we’ve all been cooped up.
So everybody wants to get out and go do something fun. Have a getaway, have a vacation. This partnership is right in time to give someone the vacation of a lifetime: $50,000 trip, private jet, the location of your choice, and all you’ve got to do is give us the reason why you need that getaway. Speaking of TikTok, there are a lot of parenting influencers on there.
Are you following any parenting advice?
Nah [laughs]. If I’m taking parenting advice from TikTok, I’ve got a lot of problems, first off. You’ll be surprised what you learn from TikTok, but I mean, that’s not where I’m going to raise my son. But you know, it’s all been a learning experience. I remember leaving the hospital, and I was like, “Damn, that’s it? No pamphlet? Nothing? He’s ours? What do we do?” [laughs] But once we realized that he’s not made of porcelain, it just got a lot simpler.
Do you sing to him at all? Do you have a favorite lullaby?
Yeah, I do sing to him, usually like jazz hymns. I was thinking about making a whole kiddie project for him and then seeing if he wants that.
Finally, what are you looking forward to most about the years ahead of having a son?
I’m looking forward to seeing what his interests are. I’m looking forward to seeing who he becomes. I mean, you can guide someone as much as you can as a parent, but they’re always going to be their own person. So I’m just really excited to see that person that he becomes. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.