After Jay-Z’s Mom Came Out As A Lesbian, One Detail About Her Life Brought Him To Tears

“Imagine having lived your life for someone else."

Jay-Z revealed a different side of himself when he released last year's critically acclaimed opus 4:44. But perhaps the most touching moment on the album was "Smile," which saw the rapper's mother, Gloria Carter, coming out publicly as a lesbian. Now, in a preview for the upcoming episode of David Letterman's Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, the rapper is revealing his touching reaction after his mother told him her truth.


Jay-Z talked to the veteran late-night host, speaking on the moment and telling him about how emotional it was. "Imagine having lived your life for someone else," he said. "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."

He further explained that, though he'd already known his mother's sexuality, it was the first time that she'd opened up to him about it, telling Letterman, "No, I knew. But 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?"  

Carter was able to share her own version of the story during an episode of the podcast D'USSE Friday"Besides your mother, this is the person that I am," she recalled of the conversation. "You know, this is the life that I live," she said. "My son started actually tearing, like, 'That had to be a horrible life, Ma' ... My life was never horrible. It was just different. So, that made him want to do a song about it."

While coming out is usually shown from the perspective of the children, it can be an equally arduous process for parents. However, some parents find that their children are also capable of offering the same unconditional love that is expected of parents.

Jay-Z's episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction will begin streaming on Netflix on April 6. See the video for his song smile below:

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