Los Angeles: Singer Will.i.am almost drowned in a swimming pool because he failed to listen to his mother Debra`s advice.
The 38-year-old nearly lost his life when he was a youngster and decided to go for a dip in the pool, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
"I was like, `Ma, can I go swimming?` She was like `no, boy, you ain`t going in no swimming pool`," Daily Mirror newspaper quoted the "Scream and shout" hitmaker as saying.
"So my mom said no but I did the opposite. I`ve never been in a swimming pool and so I don`t know the difference between 3ft and 9ft - I`m thinking that everything is at the height that I`m at.
"So I`m walking and I start sinking and then I drown. I`m under water for about three or four minutes," he added.
After the incident, someone gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before rushing him off to a hospital.
"They gave me mouth to mouth and then I`m, like, dead. And then I come back. They took me to hospital and I`m in there for about a week or something. I almost lost my life.
"I did lose my life but when I came to and I was in the hospital... to see the worry on my mom and my uncle`s faces... And just the reminder of, like, don`t do things that you know you shouldn`t be doing. I shouldn`t have been swimming because I never knew how to swim," he said.