Singer Sade Adu (born Helen Folasade Adu) has always been a reclusive artist. Every few years she might put out new music with Sade, tour for a while, and then recede quietly back into the shadows, sending her fans into a state of sadness.
At one time, after the release of Lovers Rock in 2000, the singer took a 10-year break from music (until 2010’s Soldier of Love) to raise her daughter, Mickaila, and to move to the Caribbean. Mickaila Adu is Sade’s only child (born in 1995), and from her relationship with Jamaican-American producer Bob Morgan. They raised Mickaila together during Sade’s break from music before breaking up.
Because her mom doesn’t like the spotlight, most people haven’t seen much of Mickaila. Still, the 20-year-old has been out here over the last few years sharing aspects of her life (and artwork) on social media. That includes her journey to identifying as a transgender man.
According to Black Girl Long Hair, Mickaila, otherwise known as “Ila,” was open about being a lesbian for a while. Yesterday, Ila took to Instagram to let people know that he’d started taking the necessary shots, or hormone replacement therapy, to transition. He shared the news with the caption, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”
Ila hasn’t shared what his new name will be, or if he plans to have a new one at all now that he identifies as male. But Ila has reportedly been open for some time about his desire to transition. Of course, you won’t hear what Sade has to say about any of this, because her private life has always remained just that — private. Still, we’re sure she’s been nothing short of supportive of her child.