Jay-Z's new album 4:44 has caused a stir in more ways than one, and many fans have been quick to speculate on what the lyrics really mean. 

In lyrics from track number three, Smile, the rapper has revealed that his mother is a lesbian and is in a same-sex relationship.

Beyoncé's husband is heard rapping: "Mama had four kids but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long, that she's a thespian.

"Don't matter to me if it's a him or her/I just want to see you smile through all the hate."

Fans believe the song details Gloria’s plans to talk to her son about her sexuality, as she’s heard reading: "The world is changing and they say it's time to be free/But you live with the fear just being me.

"Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be/No harm for them, no harm for me/But life is short, and it's time to be free."

It had been rumoured a number years ago that Ms Carter was in a long-term relationship with a former teacher, Dania Diaz.

Smile lyrics

Verse 1: JAY-Z]
Slammin' Bentley doors like we invented doors
20 years ago we drove Bentley Azures
We drinkin' Cris stylin', yeah
Kept the tray on me like Chris Paulin'
Drinkin' Ace Spades like it's codeine now
Tryna put a million on the whole team now
Push through the pain so we can see new life
So all the ladies havin' babies, see a sacrifice
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 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
Marie Antoinette, baby, let 'em eat cake

Chorus: JAY-Z & Stevie Wonder]
Bad times turn to good memories, smile
Even when I'm gone and you remember me, smile
Good times never fade away, smile
Even if I'm not with you here today, smile
Good morn' or evening, friends
Here's your friendly announcer

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