Jay-Z Opens Up About Mom’s Emotional Coming Out: ‘I Was So Happy She Was Free’

A preview clip for the upcoming installment of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman offers a startlingly candid moment with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z (Shawn Carter).

Speaking about the moment his mother, Gloria Carter, came out as gay, Jay-Z describes his reaction upon hearing her finally give voice to what she’d been feeling and holding inside for so many years.

Here’s the heartfelt clip:

Jay-Z, the richest hip hop artist in the U.S. according to a 2018 Forbes estimation of his net worth, describes how he imagines it must have felt like for his mother to keep her sexuality a secret. “I cried ’cause I was so happy for her that she was free,” he explained.

Twitterers shared their support and love: 

Though Jay-Z had known his mother was gay, when they finally spoke about it and he heard her say “I feel like I love somebody,” he was so happy for her that the next day he recorded the song “Smile” for his album 4:44 as a tribute to her. Gloria Carter can be heard on the track reading a spoken word poem she wrote which includes the lines, “Life is short, and it’s time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”

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Be sure to check out the full interview on Netflix, April 6th. 

H/T: Twitter