Singer/record producer R. Kelly’s daughter, Jaya, recently went public with the information that he is a transgender boy and would like to be called Jay. Although only 13, Jay made the news official via social media and answered questions on the Q&A site Ask.fm about his decision. When asked if his mother supports his decision, he said “Yes.” However, when R. Kelly was interviewed by Chicago radio station WCGI about his daughter’s transformation, he responded, “You don’t really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son, because if that were true… Don’t even give the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I’m saying? Real talk.”
When Jay was asked on ask.fm: “Is it difficult having a famous father during your transition?” Jay responded, “Yep.” He also said he likes girls and dates “females.” When asked if he ever went out with a boy and how was it, he replied, “Absolutly hated it, i thought it would change how i felt inside but nope, it didn’t. AT ALL (sic).” R. Kelly and Jay’s mother Andrea divorced in 2009.