Thursday 26 April 2018

Jay-Z 'really cried' when his mother Gloria came out to him

The rapper said he didn’t even know he could cry for something so happy.

Jay-Z poses with his mother, Gloria Carter during an evening of
Jay-Z poses with his mother, Gloria Carter during an evening of "Making The Ordinary Extraordinary" hosted by The Shawn Carter Foundation at Pier 54 on September 29, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
Jay Z and Beyonce at the Grammy Awards last year
Celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba in 2013
Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 2005 Oscars

Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Jay-Z has said that he cried with joy when he had the first conversation with his mother about her sexuality.

The rapper tells David Letterman in the forthcoming episode of the talk show host’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction about the moment his mother Gloria spoke to him about being a lesbian, and being in love with her partner.

He said that he had long known she was gay, but that they only had the first conversation about it eight months ago.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, said: “For my mother, to have to live as someone that she wasn’t and hide and protect her kids for all this time, and for her to sit in front of me and tell me, I think I love someone – I really cried.

“That’s a real story – I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.”

He said their chat came while he was making his latest album 4.44.

“This was the first time we had the conversation, and the first time I heard her say she loved her partner,” he added.

“I didn’t even believe in crying because you’re happy, I don’t even know what that is. What is that?”

Gloria’s sexuality was revealed in Smile, a track on Jay-Z’s album 4.44 which was released in June last year.

Music stars Jay Z and his wife Beyonce. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Music stars Jay Z and his wife Beyonce. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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