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Jay-Z's Mom Explains Why She Told Her Son She's A Lesbian

Their relationship would make anyone "Smile."

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Here are a few lyrics:

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

The heartfelt song sampled Stevie Wonder's, "Love's In Need of Love Today," and incorporated a spoken word poem recited and written by Gloria:

Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? / In the shadows people see you as happy and free / Because that’s what you want them to see / The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me... Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me / But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.


But after talking it over with him, they decided to collaborate on the song together.

I was never ashamed of me. But in my family, it was something that was never discussed. I’m tired of all the mystery. I’m gonna give it to ‘em. I don’t have to worry about anybody wondering if I’m in the life or not. So now maybe you can focus on the phenomenal things I do, so focus on that. Now it’s time for me to be free.

The 47-year-old hip hop mogul calls "Smile" one of his proudest songs. And this isn't the first time he's spoken out on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

I’ve always thought not allowing same-sex individuals to wed was still, um, holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It is no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.

To hear more from Gloria's interview about the song and her relationship with Jay-Z, listen below: