Chance the Rapper Gets Honest About Life with Two Kids

Chance the Rapper (aka Chancelor Johnathan Bennett) just became a dad again and is realizing two kids are double the fun and double the work.

Already the happy parents of four-year-old Kensli, he and his wife, Kirsten, welcomed their new daughter, Marli, in late August. The proud mom introduced her on Instagram saying, “Our sweet baby girl, Marli, is here.”

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He married his childhood sweetheart

Chance opened up recently about how he met the love of his life, Kirsten Corley. At the tender age of nine, he saw her at an office party his mom forced him to attend. He knew even then he would marry her.

He told Ellen DeGeneres, “My mom worked at a real estate agency with her mom,” he shared. “Her daughters love to dance so they did a choreographed dance at this real estate party that I was at when I was 9. I saw her dancing and I was like, ‘Let’s get married!'”

His father encouraged him to dance as well, but Chance not only wouldn’t, he couldn’t.

He tweeted about the fateful office party, ““This wasn’t the time or the place (to dance). Not just because it wasn’t my party, not because it was their moment to dance, not even ’cause I was nervous about dancing in front of folks. It’s ’cause I knew I was gonna marry that girl and I ain’t wanna jump the gun,” Chance said. “So I shook my head with anxiety, moved to the back of the crowd, and never even introduced myself.”

The couple welcomed their first daughter, Kensli, in 2015, and married on March 9, 2019.

Music with a message

A Chicago native and resident, the 26-year-old rapper has always been seen as the good guy in rap music, with mostly upbeat, spiritually charged positivity. His career as an artist began when he released 10 Day, a mixtape he recorded during a ten-day high-school suspension.

He posted the recording online in 2012, garnering acclaim from the Chicago rap scene. He followed this success with two more independently recorded projects, Acid Rap and Surf, both of which were praised by fans and critics alike.

In 2017, the three-time Grammy winner became the first artist in Grammy history to win Best New Artist with a streaming-only album.

His new album is a true debut album that he, for the first time, is offering for purchase. Previously, he released all of his mixtapes at no charge. The Big Day is his nod to all the changes in his life, a reflection on his faith, fatherhood and how he arrived where he is at this point.

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‘It’s way harder’

Now a father of two, Chance is realizing a new baby in addition to another child is a blessing, but also a great deal of work that would require him to make a sacrifice. Although it meant postponing his The Big Day Tour in support of his new album, Chance made the decision to take paternity leave.

He spoke frankly to his fans via Instagram, saying “I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour. This year has been one of the greatest of my life; Marriage, new baby, first album etc.”

“But with it being so eventful it has also been very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work.” The father of two shared, “When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most.”

He also opened up on a recent appearance with Jimmy Kimmel Live!

It’s just way harder, honestly, having two kids than having one. Mathematically, it makes sense, but in my mind, it didn’t register until I actually had two kids.”

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