‘You Gotta Know That There’s A Backstory:’ R. Kelly Discusses Transgender Son

June 24, 2014  |  

A couple of weeks ago, R. Kelly’s child, Jaya, came out as transgender. The 13-year-old, who now goes by Jay, revealed that he has identified as a male since he was seven years old. While Jay’s mother, “Hollywood Exes” star Drea Kelly, has been accepting of his new identity, as of three months ago, the preteen said that his father was still unaware of his transition.

“I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me who I was supposed to be,” Jay recently told InTouch Weekly.

Kelz sort of discussed Jay’s new identity during a recent chat with WCGI’s “The Morning Riot” and to be honest, we were slightly confused by what he had to say.

“Well, you don’t really want to open this up with saying my daughter is becoming my son,” he told his interviewer.

The host explained that she was simply quoting the blogs and the father of three responded:

“I know, but don’t even give the blogs that kind of credit. But 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.”

What’s interesting is that Jay has already confirmed his transgender identity. But the controversial R&B singer says that people should even question what they “see with their own eyes.”

“Even when you see it with your own eyes, you gotta know that there’s a backstory. It’s a background, that’s why you can’t judge nobody.”

The conversation was concluded with Kelly saying that he never addresses things that are said or written about him (and his family).

“I don’t address that though. That’s the thing. Why do you think I’ve been here for 27 years and still relevant? Because I don’t address sh*t that’s dumb. I just don’t do it.”

Clearly, he doesn’t plan on actually addressing this anytime soon…or ever for that matter.

Watch his full interview on the next page. Thoughts?

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