Jay-Z recently sat down with David Letterman for his newest Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction where Hov discusses various intimate topics such as the first time that his mother came out to him, his experience as a father, what he believes makes a good rapper and more.
Jay shared to the world that his mother is a lesbian in his 2017 4:44 song Smile- "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take/Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don't matter to me if it's a him or her," he spits.
The Roc-Nation boss opens up about this experience on Letterman show, he says that he cried genuine tears of joy the moment that his mother finally decided to come out to him about her female lover.
“Imagine having lived your life for someone else,” he says. “And you think you’re protecting your kids. 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, 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.”
Jay also admits to Letterman that he knew of his mother's secret way before she actually admitted it out loud, so the confession was more about her own personal milestone than anything else.
“This was the first time we had the conversation,” reveals the rapper, who says he recorded "Smile" the day after that moment took place. “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?”
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In another teaser from the show, Jay recounts a heartwarming moment with his babygirl, Blue Ivy where she said he "hurt her feelings."
"I told her to get in the car the other day because she was asking a thousand questions and we had to leave for school," he recalled. Jay and Blue entered the car and started making their way to school before Blue tapped her father to express how she felt. "I just hear a little voice [say], 'Dad, I didn't like the way you told me to get in the car the way you told me...It hurt my feelings."
Hov was heart warmed by his daughter's honesty and told her, "That's the most beautiful thing you've ever said to me."
Check out the teaser below.
The full interview will air on Netflix on Friday, April 6th