Ice-T Admits He’s Obsessed with Taking Photos of Daughter Chanel: ‘I Said I’m Not Going to Be That Guy’

03/20/2016 at 04:35 PM ET

Ice-T loves being a father to his daughter Chanel, and especially loves to show new photos of the 4-month-old to everyone.

I’m taking a lot of pictures. I’m that same guy that you go, ‘Oh, my daughter…’ and before I know it I’m showing you pictures. I said that I’m not going to be that guy,” the proud dad told PEOPLE at the 33rd Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles’ “An Evening with Dick Wolf” event on Saturday.

“But now I’m just like, ‘Wait, look,’ and, ‘Wait, look at this one,’ and, ‘Wait a minute, hold up.’ You can’t help it. You’re just happy.”


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Ice-T, 58, and wife Coco Austin (who also attended the event) welcomed their baby girl in November, and have since created their child’s very own Instagram and Facebook pages. “Follow me for loads of cuteness,” the parents wrote on the accounts.

The rapper has much experience being a parent as he has two children from previous relationships: daughter Letesha Marrow, 39, and son Tracy Marrow Jr., 23, who attended the event with Ice-T. However, the Law & Order: SVU actor got candid when he explained the most surprising part of being a father for the third time.

“I think the clarity that I have with this child. When I had my first kid I was in the middle of the wildness of becoming Ice-T, all the people that were after me, and I had my head down,” he said.

“I really wasn’t concentrating on them, I was concentrating on survival. Now, everything is a lot more mellow. We bring the baby home, she’s crying, I see her, they sleep with me every night. I’m really witnessing her grow everyday, so I’m more conscious of it.”

— Karen Mizoguchi and Reagan Alexander

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patti on

She is adorable….

sally on

I have to admit she is SO cute & I love seeing pictures of her! Those dimples!

Mrs. B on

She’s the spitting image of her father.

MIM on

She’s so precious! Nothing sweeter than a dad lovin on his children!

Anonymous on

She looks just like her daddy ☺

Nicole on

Soooo cute! One of the cutest baby girls I’ve ever seen!

Anonymous on

so cute…looks just like daddy!

Stefanie on

She is one gorgeous baby!!! Such beautiful eyes! Something tells me she has her father wrapped around her little finger!

Jane on

Can’t blame him. She is a doll and looks just like him No denying she is his!!!

JLM on

I love how babies melt the hearts of even the toughest guys

Mary on

Wow! One look at her and I can tell who her Daddy is! She is adorable.

Callie on

Simply GORGEOUS! She is a very beautiful baby:)

jeannie on

How he can help not taking a picture ? She is absolutely beautiful.

Tanya on

She is a mini me Ice-T.

Felice on

Keep the pictures coming – she is so cute!!!

ImALadyToo on

Aw, she has her daddy’s dimples.

Dajoka on

Come on Ice, how could you NOT be that guy. She is cute as a little button. I’d be taking pics all day long!

Rachel on

Those dimples are just too precious.

bbb1975 on

She has his eyes and smile.

Tara on

She he has his eye shape!

AnnaM on

She is a beautiful little bunny! I LOVE the pics her Mommy and Daddy post. It is so lovely to see so much love in their family.

Guest on

OMG!! What a cutie pie!!

Kelli on

I’ve met him several times and I can see him being madly in love with his little girl. He’s a good guy and a kind person. He’s proud of his other kids too. I’m so happy for him and Coco. I hope they’re all happy and healthy!

Melanie on

hilihjkr, don’t know what you base your assumption that he neglected his other children on, since he seems to have a good relationship with all of them, and as far as he having her ears pierced, so do many babies; some get them pierced while still in the hospital. I’d rather see her all dressed up in girly style, than see her looking like a little boy because some crazy person decided girly stuff wasn’t comfortable. Chanel looks absolutely happy to the max, every time anyone sees her. You are moaning for nothing!

Me on

@hilihjkr … Do people like you ever stop and use your imagination about what he might have been going through when he had his children. He was 19 when he had his first child, not even taking into account his trying to become a rapper, he was 19! He was just a kid himself and probably didn’t know how to be a father even if he was working a regular 9-5 job. People in this world conceive children without a clue on how to be a parent, whether they are poor and 19 or rich and 39.

You could stop several strangers on the street from all kinds of backgrounds that talk about neglectful parents.

There are plenty of men and women who probably think exactly like him. I was young, I was trying to make a life for myself and unfortunately, it ended up affecting my children and I wasn’t the greatest parent.

The people who you should condemn are those who don’t learn from their mistakes or give no f*cks that their children were neglected.

He learned from it and I’m sure got better as he grew, which is evident from the fact that his children are still in his life.

Shawna on

She is so stinking cute. Precious as can be.

Anonymous on

Oh my goodness! She is so adorable!!!!! G-d bless!

Sue's on

She’s cute… Well it looks like the baby has changed him for the better..

sam on

poor baby! She looks just like her father…enough said!

Too Shy on

Baby Chanel is just soooo adorable. Those dimples just kill me. Cute! Cute! Cute!

Audrea on

Omg she looks so cute! The spitting image of her father.

comicsdaughter on

That is one beautiful baby !! It seems as though she is a total combo of both parents. She won the lotto. No wonder he can’t stop taking photos.
Love Ice, and SVU.

Hea on

Be that guy and be proud of it. Those guys are usually good guys.

Olay on

She is such a cutie pie, so expressive.

mschwellinger on

Go on and be that guy. She’s gorgeous.

Amy L on

She is just a cutie. Be THAT GUY and love it. You and her momma made one pretty baby. She looks so happy

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