R. Kelly Speaks on Transgender Son

June 25, 2014  |  

You’ll remember we reported a couple of weeks back that R-Kelly’s 14-year-old child, Jay announced he is transgender. When reports broke, the R&B crooner hadn’t yet spoken about the highly publicized announcement—but he has now.

During an interview last weekend with Chicago’s WGCI-FM radio station, R. Kelly said, “As far as that is concerned, always believe what you see with your own eyes that is.” He then repeated, “Always believe what you see. That is the best way to go about this business.”

And in a response that was tonally protective of his family the 47-year-old chimed, “You gotta know there’s a back story. There’s a background. That’s why you can’t judge nobody.”

And for much of the general public who heard about Jay’s story, that has been the case. Since announcing he is a transgender male, Jay received an outpouring of support from much of his social media community with posts encouraging Jay and supporting his decision to make such a public announcement.

During his initial announcement, Jay praised his mom for remaining by his side and being supportive of his transition, “She was very proud of me,” said Jay. He continued, “Thank you mom for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.”

And in his first time speaking on his son, Kells made sure not to divulge too much information. The notoriously private Legs Skakin’ singer instead shifted topics commenting on his other personal woes including his divorce from wife, Andrea and the love he has for his family, despite it all, summing things up with this statement, “I have three lovely kids that I am in love with and that’s in love with me.”


Parents, would you be as accepting if you child decided to be the opposite sex? Do you think R. Kelly has done best by keeping the conversation off of his child?

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