Will.i.am has claimed he drowned as a child in a swimming pool accident but was brought back to life.
The Black Eyed Peas star told CNBC about his brush with death after defying his mum's instructions not to go in the swimming pool.
The Voice judge, 38, said of his childhood disaster: "I was like, 'Ma, can I go swimming?' She was like, 'No, boy, you ain't going in no swimming pool.'
"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."
Luckily a friend revived Will and averted the crisis: "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."