50 Cent and Jena Malone | Photos: 50 Cent press shot by Shareif Ziyadat, Jena Malone in Hunger Games press shot
1 50 Cent
Candy Shop rapper 50 Cent has been slammed for his homophobic lyrics in the past. His prejudice is all the more surprising given his late mother, Sabrina Jackson, was a lesbian. The star confirmed his mom’s sexual orientation in an interview with Perez Hilton in 2012. He said at the time: ‘Yeah, she liked women. My whole childhood was like that.’
He furthermore added: ‘When you’re that small you don’t see things that would indicate there are other things going on. [My] grandmother would say things like “That kiss was a little different from all the other kisses you saw.”‘
2 Ana Matronic
As a crucial member of the super-queer, all-conquering pop-rock band Scissor Sisters, Ana Matronic (real name Ana Lynch) is used to being surrounded by gay men. However few people know that Ana’s late father was also gay.
Ana’s mom broke the news to her three years after he left the family for San Francisco with his male partner. ‘I burst into tears immediately because I knew this meant my parents would never be together again,’ she told The Guardian.
As she later explained to Metro: ‘When I was 15 he became very ill, due to having HIV, and passed away. I told most people it was cancer, due to the stigma around HIV at the time.’ She later moved to San Francisco in an effort to understand her father, and became attracted to the queer community and the world of performing. The rest, as they say, is history.
3 Robert De Niro
Taxi Driver actor Robert De Niro’s gay father was the subject of a 2016 documentary, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
Speaking about De Niro Sr., who died over 22 years ago, the Goodfellas star told Out: ‘We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise. But we had a connection. I wasn’t with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced. As I say in the documentary, I looked after him in certain ways.’
4 (and 5) Kendal and Kylie Jenner
These girls and their famous parents need no introduction. But we’ll give them one anyway. Reality TV star sisters Kendall and Kylie, along with parents Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, shot to fame on the TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, along with their half-sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney.
Caitlyn recently responded to the news of the arrival of Kylie’s first child on Instagram. She shared a pic of Kylie as a baby, along with the caption: ‘My daughter just had a daughter. It’s amazing to be by your side through this journey. She’s SO beautiful already. Can’t wait to watch her grow.’ Caitlyn’s other children are
6 Jodie Foster
Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster first addressed her sexuality at the 2013 Golden Globes. However, few people know that her mom, Evelyn Ella Almond, has also had relationships with women.
Last year, Silence of the Lambs star Jodie said on USA Today: ‘We traveled everywhere together, and her whole identity in some ways was enmeshed in mine. It was a painful struggle. When I needed to walk away, she felt like she was being abandoned.’
Jodie, was was managed by her mom as a youngster, furthermore added: ‘I felt forever responsible, and continue to feel responsible for her well being, and the roles are reversed.’
7 Jena Malone
Hunger Games star Jena has spoken openly about her amazing experience of being raised by her mom and her mom’s female partner in the past.
In 2014, she told The Daily Beast: ‘I had two moms, and it was awesome. Double the pleasure! The more love you have as a child, the better.’
He’s also been guilty of writing homophobic lyrics in the past. Nevertheless, there had long been rumors about rapper Jay-Z’s mom’s sexuality. So much so, Beyonce’s husband decided to address the matter directly on a track last year.
He set the record straight on Smile, a song on his critically-acclaimed album 4:44. Read the truly beautiful lyrics, which show how the star has evolved, below. You might want a tissue handy… Oh, and Gloria even makes a guest appearance on the track!
‘Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian,
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate,
Society shame and the pain was too much to take,
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love,
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her,
I just wanna see you smile through all the hate.’
Jodie Foster opens up about her relationship with her mother