Posted on Wed Jun 25th, 2014 10:20am PDT By X17 Staff
R. Kelly's 14-year-old transgender son Jay made the news last week when he revealed that he was no longer going by his birth name Jaya and that he now identifies as a "transguy," but it seems as though his famous father is just brushing this off.
During an interview with Chicago's WCGI radio station, the R&B singer got defensive and said, "You don't really wanna open it up by saying that my daughter is becoming my son. Because if that were true..." The interviewer then interrupted the singer and explained that it was all over the web (and came directly from Jay), to which R. Kelly replied, "Don't even give the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I'm saying? Real talk. But as far as that is concerned. Always believe what you see with your own eyes that is. Always believe what you see. That is the best way to go about this business. And I've heard a lot of things about a lot of people and it was never true. You gotta know there's a back story. There's a background. That's why you can't judge nobody."
Hmm, he's really not listening, is he? Kelly then switched the subject and said, "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. I have three lovely, lovely kids that I am in love with and that's in love with me."
Earlier this month Jay replied to a number of questions on his Ask.fm profile and said that though he was born a girl, he has identified as a boy since he was "6 or 7." (Jay lives with his mother Andrea Kelly, who divorced the singer in 2009 after almost 13 years of marriage.) "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 wrote. "She was very proud of me, I was like, 'Thank you mom 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, so you know it was great for me."
He added that he will have to wait several years, but he will go through with gender reassignment surgery. "I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me (be) who I was supposed to be," he added. At the age of 11, "I would look up like boy changes to girl, and girl changes to boy, and im like wow, theres people who feel EXACTLY the way i feel and then i knew like thats what transgender is," he continued.
And get this -- it sounds like he hasn't even spoken to his father about this! Noting that his sister is his best friend, Jay said, "I absolutely love my mother... and yea my dad has not reached out."
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