Jay-Z’s mother has revealed that she is a closeted lesbian, even though she had four children.
In Jay-Z’s latest album, 4:44, the track “Smile,” talks about his mother’s struggle with being a closeted lesbian.
On it, he raps: “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.”
At the end of the song, Gloria Carter reads a poem she wrote about her experience, “Living in the Shadows,” Yahoo Celebrity reports.
Now, in a new interview on Friday, Jay-Z’s mom explains the origin of the track and how she came out to her son who is married to one of America’s celebrated stars, Beyonce.
Gloria Carter says, “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.
“So, my son started actually tearing up. ’Cause he’s like, ‘That had to be a horrible life.’ I was like, ‘My life was never horrible. It was just different.’ So, that made him want to do a song about it.”
But when she heard a first cut of “Smile,” Gloria was hesitant about the song and the massive audience she’d be opening up to.
“I was like, ehhh … I ain’t really feeling that … I was sharing myself with (my son), not with the world.”
Eventually, after she recited her poem for Jay, the track came together. Gloria says she was “tired of all the mystery … I don’t have to worry about anybody wondering if I’m in the life or not — I’m gonna tell them.”
And when “Smile” came out, Gloria was overwhelmed by the positive reaction from fans.
“I got so many people calling me saying, ‘Thank you because you’re me.’ I didn’t realize the impact of what I was going to do.”
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