R. Kelly’s son, Jay, has come out publicly online to tell the world that he is transgender (and proud of it) this week. The 13-year-old teen made the major announcement regarding his sexuality on a social media site known as Ask.fm after being asked by a number of genuinely querying fans about the issue. NewsOxy shares this Wednesday, June 11, 2014, that Jay is proud of himself for sharing his coming out story with others, and he is reportedly ready to continue making that new transition from being a natural-born girl — the daughter of rapper R. Kelly, no less — to a full-fledged boy.
It may have been rumored in the past by quite a few followers of Jay Kelly, the son of R. Kelly, but the 13-year-old teen confirmed irrevocably this June 11 that he does indeed identify as a male, and considers himself a transgender boy. Jay was in fact born as a female, Jaya, the daughter of TV star Drea Kelly and singer-musician R. Kelly. Now, Jay wants to discuss his identity out in the open, and put to rest any lingering rumors about his sexuality.
“I believe that I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me who I was supposed to be,” Jay said in regards to being transgender on the Ask.fm social media venue.
Over 13 years ago in late June of 2001, R. Kelly and Drea Kelly (who is now his ex) had a baby girl together, fondly named Jaya. Yet as Jaya grew older, the celebrity daughter felt that she wasn’t comfortable being in the identity of a girl, and soon began to consider herself a “he.” Now this June 2014 (only a few weeks before Jay’s birthday), Jaya has become “Jay,” who is proud to announce that he accepts himself as a transgender teen boy. The transition may not have been (or will be) an easy or quickly understood process, but R. Kelly’s son seems ready and willing.
Hollywood Life reveals this afternoon that confirmation of this announcement was made on Ask.fm, a unique social media forum that enables any users to make a special profile. From that profile, people from anywhere around the world can ask them private questions, including anonymous ones, and the profile creators can then answer which questions they choose. One recurring question, Jay said, was about his sexuality, and he finally acknowledged today the truth of him being transgender.
Equally important, fortunately, is that R. Kelly’s son Jay has added that his family is in support of his decision. While this transition from girl to boy is difficult enough as it is, it must be an overwhelmingly stressful ordeal to tackle this discovery of gender identity alone. Yet Jay won’t have to do that, as he said that his mom (as well as his siblings) have been proud and understanding of his confession, overall.
“[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,” wrote Jay of his mom’s supportive words.
Jay added to his eager listeners that at only age 13, he has not undergone any actual surgery quite yet. However, he already feels better now that his family is using male pronouns to refer to him, and R. Kelly’s son has begun binding his breasts to keep this female physical feature under wraps. He also is ready to start getting hormonal treatment and potential gender surgery at age 16 in order to become the man he wants to be.
It has not been verified at this time whether Jay’s father, R. Kelly, knows of this life-altering change. Congratulations on coming out and your bravery in providing inspiration to other transgender teens, Jay! Hopefully you will continue to serve as a role model for others struggling with a similar situation.