- Jay-Z talked to David Letterman about his mother’s coming out as lesbian, in an upcoming interview for Letterman’s Netflix talk show.
- Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, first came out publicly in an appearance on the rapper’s song “Smile” from his 2017 album “4:44.”
- The rapper told Letterman that his mother revealed her sexual orientation to him for the first time during the making of his album last summer, and that it made him “so happy for her that she was free.”
Jay-Z told David Letterman that he cried tears of happiness for his mother when she came out to him as lesbian, in an upcoming interview for Letterman’s Netflix talk show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”
Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, first came out publicly in an appearance on the rapper’s song “Smile” from his Grammy-nominated, 2017 album “4:44.”
Jay-Z told Letterman that his mother first revealed her sexual orientation to him during the making of “4:44” last summer, and that her revelation made him emotional and “happy for her that she was free.”
“Imagine having lived your life for someone else. And you think you’re protecting your kids. And for my mother to have to live as someone that she wasn’t and hide and like, protect her kids – and didn’t want to embarrass her kids, and you know, for all this time,” Jay-Z said. “And for her to sit in front of me and tell me, ‘I think I love someone.’ I mean, I really cried. That’s a real story. I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.”
“This was the first time we had the conversation,” he continued. “And the first time I heard her say she loved her partner. Like, ‘I feel like I love somebody.’ She said, ‘I feel like.’ She held that little bit back, still. She didn’t say, ‘I’m in love,’ she said, ‘I feel like I love someone.’ And I just, I cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is.”
Jay-Z’s interview with Letterman premieres on Netflix on April 6.
Watch a clip from the interview below: