Alicia Keys goes to Instagram to affirm her son’s choice to paint his nails

When the singer's son gets worried about people's opinions, she says 'Who cares what someone else says?'

Alicia Keys
Host Alicia Keys speaks onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Alicia Keys took to Instagram to voice her frustration over the labels and judgements that we give people that have impacted even her four-year-old son, Genesis.

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“The other day I went to the nail salon with Genesis. He’s in the chair and he’s like I want rainbow. So he tells the lady that he wants rainbow colors on his nails,” Keys says in an IG video. “And she brings all of these colors and she paints each nail a different color and after he painted his nails he looked at me and says ‘mommy, I don’t want this on my nails.’ I said why, you were so sure you were good and he goes ‘people are not gonna like it.’”

“Can you believe this? Four years old. He’s four and he already understands the concept that someone is going to judge him because he chose rainbow colors on his nails,” Keys said.

“I told him why … it’s so cool … look how creative you are. You chose it. You liked it. You do it. Who cares what someone else says?” Keys said. Plus, she said she told baby boy “a lot of guys paint their nails. This is not some strange thing that you only do,” for which he replied: “Really? I said yeah! So many, so many. And that made him feel better.”

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The incident made Keys think about all the ways people judge others and she decided to post her thoughts on IG, which she called a rant, in protest of these judgements and labels.

“It got me thinking how completely judged we are all the time,” Keys said. “The way I see it is there is masculine and feminine energies inside us all. And that’s, period. That’s just how it is. And it gets concerning to me that we can’t explore these different sides of ourselves, these different energies that are within us.”

Keys goes on to explain how she often expresses the “masculine energy” that is inside of her. “That’s very natural to me and that’s how I feel,” she said.

When she does, Keys concedes, she has also faced the “judgements,” “stereotypes,” and “rules”  and all of the “energy that comes with it.”

“It’s really frustrating to me,” Keys said. “Why can’t we just express the different energies that are inside of us? This is a very normal, ancient, powerful, spiritual understanding that we all have masculine and feminine energies and we should be able to explore and express them however we want to.”

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Keys ends her discussion by asking viewers to weigh in with their thoughts.

Her hubby, Swizz Beats, did just that.

“He’s a young King and he can explore and express his creativity at anytime! We support it as his parents,” wrote @therealswizzz.

Singer Melanie Fiona also wanted Keys to know she agrees with what she said.

“This kid. This expression. This parenting. This thinking. THIS is the stuff that will change the world. For the better,” wrote @melaniefiona.

Celebrity fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins commented, “I loved your feedback to him. So beautiful… “You picked it, keep it. You were so sure of yourself, you should stick to it”…this type of support is so valuable & builds confidence in decision making. I love your rant & agree 100%.”