Jay-Z says he wept with relief when his mother told him that she is gay.
“I was so happy for her that she was free,” the rapper told David Letterman about his new Netflix show.
Jay-Z raps about the moment in the song Smile, on his latest album, 4:44.
“Mom had four children, but she’s Had a lesbian/not to do for so long, that they a dramatic. Had to hide in the closet, so that you can treat/society of shame, and the pain was too much.”
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Later in the track, the 47-year-old says he’s found happiness with his mother, back to love.
“Imagine you lived your life for someone else. And you think you’re protecting your children,” Jay-Z said on to My Next guest Needs No introduction.
“For my mother to live as someone that you don’t hide and how to protect their children, and he didn’t want to embarrass your children… for all this time.
“You are sitting in front of me and say, ‘I think I love someone’. I mean, I really cried.”
The rapper says he’d known for a long time, but only spoke to his mother about him eight months ago, as the album was recorded.
“I knew it. But this was the first time we had the conversation,” Jay-Z said.
“And for the first time, I heard you say you loved your partner, such as, ‘I feel like I love someone’. She said, ‘I feel’. You held back that little bit, still.
“You didn’t say, ‘I’m in love,’ she said, “I feel like I love someone’, and I, I cried.
“I don’t even think to cry because they are happy. I don’t know what is. What is it?”
The Jay-Z episode of My Next guest Needs No introduction starts streaming on Netflix on 6. April.
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