R. Kelly Evades Talk of Daughter/Son’s Coming Out

By Lora Neng
June 30, 2014

andrea-kelly-r-kellyEven if the way to acceptance is paved with reluctant surprises, a tide for acceptance is making large gains,  recently coming to R. Kelly as his daughter/son came out as transgender.

Jaya announced to the world via a Q+A on Ask.fm this month that he is no longer a she, and wished to be referred to as Jay while planning out his sexual reassignment. Jay said he had known since six or seven that although born female, he had identified as a boy.

Andrea Kelly, Jaya’s mother and ex-wife of R. Kelly, said to TMZ that the singer is in denial, that the lack of support is “like calling him [R. Kelly] a background singer, not the king of R&B.”

When he was put on the spot at WCGI, R. Kelly responded that he only wanted to engage in “Real talk. As far as that is concerned, always believe what you see with your own eyes that is. Always believe what you see. That is 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.”

To be fair, most parents could not be well prepared enough to handle this kind of announcement from their thirteen-year-old. If he seemed slow to take up the change in gender, at least he maintains that the love for his kids is unswayed.

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