Jay Z Opens Up About His Mother's Coming Out Story On Netflix Interview Series

"I cried"

Jay Z Opens Up About His Mother's Coming Out Story On Netflix Interview Series Netflix

If there's one show you should be watching on Netflix right now, it's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman because it's a TV show that delves into the lives of some of the most influential people on the planet and is hosted by a man with the most tremendous beard!

David retired from late night TV in 2015 and after a few years of relaxing, he got bored (his words) and decided he wanted to interview some of the most inspiring people on the planet, so Netflix gave him the platform to do it.

So far, the presenter has interviewed Barak Obama, George Clooney and Malala Yousafzai, and this week, he will interview Jay Z.

Netflix has released a short preview clip of the interview on Youtube and they couldn't have picked a better portion of the discussion.

In the clip, Jay Z discusses the moment that his mother, Gloria Carter, told him that she had fallen in love with another woman. 

As it turns out, Jay Z always knew that his mother was gay, however, they had never openly discussed it until eight months ago, when he was recording his new album 4:44.

"Imagine having lived your life for someone else. And you think you’re protecting your kids. And for my mother to have to live as someone that she wasn’t and hide and like, protect her kids — and didn’t want to embarrass her kids, and you know, for all this time.

"And for her to sit in front of me and tell me, ‘I think I love someone.’ I mean, I really cried. That’s a real story.

"I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.

"This was the first time we had the 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 didn’t say, ‘I’m in love,’ she said, ‘I feel like I love someone.’ And I just, I cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is. What is that?"

He also said that once his mother opened up to him, he wrote his song 'Smile' the following day and had his mother recite a poem for it's closing sequence.

"This happened eight months ago, when the album was being made. Like, she just told me. I made the song the next day."

The poem, emulates Gloria's journey and is an emotional message to all other parents in a similar situation:

"Living in the shadows. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free. Because that’s what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy but not free.

"You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love. The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free.

"But you live with the fear of just being me. Living in the shadows feels like the safe place to be. No harm for them. No harm for me.

"But life is short, and it’s time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.


The full interview will be available on Netflix on April 6 and we're so interested to see what else Jay Z has to share...

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