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Jay Z's mother Gloria Carter opens up about 'Smile,' reveals how she came out to her son

On Jay Z's song “Smile" off his 4:44 album, the rapper opened up about his mom, Gloria Carter, and her sexuality, rapping: 

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian. Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.” 

His mother recently opened up about her private life on the D'USSE Friday podcast, recalling the moment she opened up to her son. 

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Ms. Carter revealed, “I just finally started telling (Jay) 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. ‘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.” 

She continued, “I was never ashamed of me. In my family, it was something that was never discussed … I’m tired of all the mystery. I’m gonna give it to ‘em. I don’t have to worry about anybody wondering if I’m in the life or not, I’m gonna tell them. So now that I told you, what do you have to talk about? So now maybe you can focus on the phenomenal things I do, so focus on that … Now it’s time for me to be free.” 

Listen to the full interview below:


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