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JAY-Z surprised many of his fans following the release of his album 4:44 when he opened up on his mother’s sexuality on the single “Smile.”
He discussed the difficulty she lived with throughout her career as she recently told him she was a lesbian.
“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian. Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,” he rapped.
Ms. Gloria Carter opened up on the time she revealed her sexual preference to her son on the D’USSE Friday podcast.
“I just finally started telling [Jay] who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live. So my son started actually tearing. ‘Cause he’s like, ‘that had to be a horrible life, Ma’. I was like, ‘My life was never horrible. It was just different.’ So that made him want to do a song about it.”
She later continued.
“I was never ashamed of me. In my family, it was something that was never discussed…I’m tired of all the mystery. I’m gonna give it to ‘em. I don’t have to worry about anybody wondering if I’m in the life or not, I’m gonna tell them. So now that I told you, what do you have to talk about? So now maybe you can focus on the phenomenal things I do, so focus on that…Now it’s time for me to be free.”
Watch the full conversation below.