Fat Joe wore blue in honor of World Autism Day on Saturday (April 2). Unbeknownst to some, the Terror Squad captain has a son with autism who he had when he was just 19 years old. Sharing an Instagram post that included a photo of himself hugging his son in a wheelchair, Fat Joe showered his son with praise.
“World Autism Day,” he wrote in the caption. “Joey is my heart, my king, my everything. Our kids are our biggest blessings. Today i wear Autism blue in honor of our kids and all the families around the world dealing with special needs family members. God makes no mistakes I pray everyday for everyone and i hope you keep us in your prayers #letsgoduke.”
Busta Rhymes, MC Serch, DJ Clue, Positive K, Video Music Box host Ralph McDaniels and Juelz Santana were among the many who showed their support in the comment section.
Fat Joe honored his son Joey on Instagram for his birthday last December and explained how terrified he was to learn he was having a child at such a young age.
“Life is full of surprises,” he wrote. “I was just a kid at 19 years old when i had Joey. It was one of the scariest days of my life. Doctors said he wouldn’t be normal and kids like this are hard to deal with. Not once did me and my family think of giving up on Joey. He’s my jr. it’s a lot of work it’s a constant sacrifice that parents make to keep their children happy and most of all safe. I’ve always kept Joey out of the limelight cause they’re bad elements out there i never wanted him exposed to.
“Joey has accomplished above and beyond & i also believe he keeps my parents alive cause they love him sooooooo much. How do you tell someone who’s given you so much joy in life thank you???. How do you tell your best friend and most loyal one thank you??. I am so proud of Joey he’s my heart & soul. I love you Joey, we all love you Joey, thank you for being my Biggest blessing in life! Happy Birthday Joey, God bless you.”