Sometime earlier this month, R. Kelly’s 13-year-old child– born Jaya– came out to the world as Jay, a transgender male and many awaited a response from his father. According to Jay, Kelly was unaware of his son’s transition until about three months ago. Jay says that he has identified as a male since the age of 7 and his mother, Drea Kelly from Hollywood Exes, and sister have been extremely supportive of his decision.
“[My mom] was like, ‘Baby, you know I love you if you were bi, gay, [lesbian], you name it and I would still love you so much,’” he wrote on his Ask.fm page, which is a social platform that allows users to answer anonymously submitted questions.
“She was very proud of me, I was like, ‘Thank you mum for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.’
“And same with my sister, she told me that she was proud of me, and respects me by calling me handsome and calling me her little brother now, and I love her for that, so you know it was great for me.”
From the interview he recently did with Chicago radio station WCGI, I get the feeling that R. Kelly is still figuring these things out for himself. He’s never really been one to talk about his personal life or any controversy around it, but he offered the suggestion that people shouldn’t believe what they hear in the media.
“As far as that’s concerned, always believe what you see—with your own eyes that is. That’s the best way to go about this business. I’ve heard a lot of things about a lot of people and it was never true.”
When asked if he wanted to address the issue of “his daughter becoming his son”, he replied
“You don’t really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son.” R. Kelly continued saying, “Don’t even give the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I’m saying? Real talk.”
The Black Panties singer went on to make a financial declaration of support.
“You save money so your kids can go to college—no matter what they are or who they are. They’re still your kids; you gotta support them,” Kelly stated, adding “You gotta know there’s a back story. There’s a background. That’s why you can’t judge nobody.”
See the interview below.
What do you think? Was R. Kelly really being private about the matter or just dodging the question to potentially avoid saying the wrong thing? Weigh in on the situation in the comments below.