Is R&B singer R. Kelly having trouble accepting the fact that his youngest child is transgender? One person close to R. Kelly seems to think so.
R. Kelly's daughter Jaya, 14, made headlines recently for coming out as transgender, and Jaya now calls himself Jay. "[My mom] was like, ‘Baby, you know I love you if you were bi, gay, [lesbian], you name it and I would still love you so much,'" Jay posted on his last.fm page. "She was very proud of me, I was like, ‘Thank you mum for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.'"
But Hollywood Exes star Andrea Kelly, who is R. Kelly's ex-wife and Jay's mom, tells TMZ that R. Kelly is not as accepting and still refers to Jay as his daughter. "That's like calling him [R. Kelly] a background singer, not the king of R&B," Drea says. Andrea added that Jay has not had gender reassignment surgery.
We wish all the best for Jay and his family, and we applaud Jay for being so open about who he is.
Are you surprised that R. Kelly is having trouble accepting Jay's identity? And do you think Drea was right to reveal how R. Kelly has been acting toward Jay?