You may or may not have been shocked when Jay Z casually dropped that his mom was a lesbian on his new album, 4:44 with the song “smile”.
“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take / Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.”
Gloria Carter opened up in an interview with the D’USSE Friday Podcast, addressing the song and revealed how she came out to her son.
“Me and my son, we share a lot of information. I was sitting there and I was telling him one day, I just finally started telling him who I was, besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live. 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.”
It’s sweet to think of Jay Z having a sentimental moment with his mom, and who knew he was the type to “shed a tear”!? It makes sense considering how emotional the album 4:44 has been including the track where he apologizes for cheating on Queen B.
You can listen to the whole interview here:
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