R Kelly issues response to transgender son’s coming out

The musician's 14-year-old son Jay was originally known as his daughter Jaya before he came out publicly earlier this month

R Kelly has publicly responded to his 14-year-old  transgender son Jay Kelly, who announced he began to identify himself as a boy earlier this month, having previously been known as his daughter Jaya.

R'n'B singer addressed the news he made during an interview with a Chicago radio station this week.

Questioned about "his daughter becoming his son", Kelly told the WCGI host: "You don't really wanna open it up by saying that my daughter is becoming my son."

 

"Don't even give the blogs that kind of credit," he continued. "You know what I'm saying? Real talk.

"Always believe what you see, with your own eyes. That’s the best way to go about this business."

Kelly then continued, saying: "You save money so your kids can go to college - no matter what they are or who they are. They're your kids, you gotta support them."

His statements implied that Jay’s coming out had been a rumour – despite the fact he’d come out personally in a blog post via his Ask.FM account.

An image of Jay Kelly posted to co-incide with his 'coming out' last year An image of Jay Kelly posted to co-incide with his 'coming out' last year Speaking about his mother Andrea Kelly’s response to his news, he said: "[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,’" he said.

"She was very proud of me. I was like, ‘Thank you, Mum, for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.’

"And same with my sister. She told me that she was proud of me and respects me by calling me handsome and calling me her little brother now, and I love her for that."

Katie Glover, Editor of transgender magazine Frock, told The Independent: "It sounds like R. Kelly is in denial and that's so unfair on Jay.  It took a lot of guts to come out publicly like that. 

"Jay will need all the support he can get, especially from his family.  R. Kelly needs to understand that transgenderism is not like having a cold.  It's not something that can be 'cured' or which will just go away of its own accord.  Jaya is going to be Jay forever, so get used to it."

The musician hit the headlines last week after leaked footage of Lady Gaga’s scrapped video "Do What U Want" emerged online with a scene in it that appeared to condone rape.

In the Terry Richardson-directed short, Kelly, who plays Gaga’s predatory doctor, tells the singer: "I’m putting you under, and when you wake up, you’re going to be pregnant."

R Kelly is then seen reaching under Gaga’s hospital sheets as she moans. He is heard saying "sounds like that medicine’s starting to kick in", before she passes out on the operating table.

In another clip from the video, which has been branded an "ad for rape", Gaga asks Kelly if she’ll ever be able to walk again – a reference to her real-life hip injury – to which he says: "Yes, if you let me do whatever I want with your body", the New York Post’s Page Six reports.

A spokesperson for R Kelly is yet to respond for request for comment.

Read More: India Recognises Transgender People As 'Third Gender'
Laverne Cox Becomes First Transgender Actress On Cover Of Time
Pitch Perfect: Transgender Star Lifts World's Worst Footballers
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Recruitment Genius: HR Consultant

£25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An HR Consultant is required to join thi...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable