R. Kelly's Daughter Was "So Scared" To Come Out As Trans & Lesbian

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Coming out can be a frightening experience for anyone, especially if you're the child of a celebrity!

Jaah Kelly, (child of R. Kelly & Drea Kelly), spoke about her personal experience in a recent interview with Paper Magazine.

Jahh came out as a trans male in a video posted to her Ask.fm account when she was 14 years old, introducing herself as Jay Kelly. She says she was aware that she was "trans at 6 or 7 years old, and slowly started to identify with he/him pronouns."

Kelly also told Paper mag that her family was supportive despite headlines that surfaced claiming otherwise.

"When I posted that video, I was so scared," Jaah said in her interview with Paper. "When I was younger, I always felt like I had to make a choice. I knew that I was a girl who liked other girls. But because of what I was taught, I felt like the only way you could like another girl is if you were a boy."

The 18-year-old revealed she fell into a deep depression after coming out as trans and elaborates on struggles she experienced.

Jaah says she's comfortable in her own skin now and "doesn't mind if people refer to her as male, female, genderfluid, or nonbinary," according to Paper Magazine.

"I identify as a lesbian, I know I like girls, but that’s as far as I’ll go to label myself,” says Jaah. “It’s up to you how you see me. Either way, I don’t care. I stand in my truth, and why does my truth need a label?"

 

Jaah Kelly's full interview with Paper magazine is out now.

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