Jay Z opened up about his mother Gloria Carter and her coming out to him during his appearance on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. The episode is going to air on Friday, but a sneak peek has revealed quite a lot of the rapper’s interview.
‘I really cried. That is a real story. I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free,’ the son shared.
Apparently, the woman revealed her longtime secret about eight months ago, when Jay’s album 4:44 was still in production.
‘Like, she just told me. I made the song the next day,’ he said referring to the track Smile.
‘I knew. But it was the very first time we had that conversation. 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 did not say, ‘I am in love.’ She said, ‘I feel like I love someone.’ And I just, I cried. I do not even believe in crying because you are happy. I don’t even know what that is. What’s that?’
The famed rapper told the host to just imagine having to live your life not for yourself but for others, just to protect your kids.
‘For my mother to have to live like someone that she was not and hide and, like, protect her kids – and did not want to embarrass her kids, and you know, for all this time. For her to just sit in front of me and say, ‘I think I love someone.’ I mean, I really cried.’
The song he released back in June was her official coming out to the whole world.
What made the song even more special was that Gloria had a spoken word in the outro in which she talked about her struggle with her sexuality.