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Jay-Z Opens Up About Mom's Emotional Coming Out: 'I Was So Happy She Was Free'

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

A preview clip for the upcoming installment of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman offers a startlingly candid moment with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z (Shawn Carter).

Speaking about the moment his mother, Gloria Carter, came out as gay, Jay-Z describes his reaction upon hearing her finally give voice to what she'd been feeling and holding inside for so many years.

Here's the heartfelt clip:

Jay-Z, the richest hip hop artist in the U.S. according to a 2018 Forbes estimation of his net worth, describes how he imagines it must have felt like for his mother to keep her sexuality a secret. "I cried 'cause I was so happy for her that she was free," he explained.

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