AY-Z shared a track titled “Smile” on his critically-acclaimed album 4:44 where he discussed his mother coming out publicly as a lesbian. He opened up to David Letterman about the moment on his episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introductionand how it impacted him emotionally.
“Imagine having lived your life for someone else. 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.”
Hov went on to disclose that he always knew his mother was gay but that she didn’t formally come out to him until he was recording his thirteenth studio album. He reveres the moment as something special. So much that the next day he went to record “Smile.” In discussing the moment, he said: “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?”
Jay’s interview with Letterman will hit Netflix on Friday, April 6th.