The recent nuptials of Gloria Carter, Jay-Z’s mother, and her longtime partner were nothing short of star-studded. The event, held in Tribeca, attracted a remarkable guest list comprising some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
The bride, affectionately known as Mama Hov, made her grand entrance as she walked down the aisle to marry her girlfriend, Roxanne Wilshire, on June 2nd. Notably, the happy occasion was graced by the presence of Gloria’s famous son and daughter-in-law, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé, who joined in the celebration. According to TMZ, other notable attendees included Beyoncé’s close friend Kelly Rowland, filmmaker Tyler Perry, esteemed host of Good Morning America Robin Roberts, Corey Gamble, and many more. Surprisingly, the Kardashian/Jenner family was absent from the event.
Jay-Z shed light on his mother’s journey of concealing her sexuality in his track “Smile” from his 2017 album, “4:44”. Although Gloria initially had reservations about the song, she and her son recognized the importance of sharing the message with the world. The song garnered special recognition at the 29th GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles in 2018, where Ms. Carter accepted the award on Jay-Z’s behalf and delivered a heartfelt speech.
During her acceptance speech, Ms. Carter expressed her gratitude to various individuals and recounted the moment she revealed her true self to her son. She also elaborated on the reasons behind her previous reticence and described the transformative moment she met her then-partner, who expressed support by blowing her an encouraging kiss during her speech.
In her closing remarks, she emphasized her right as a human being to love whomever she chooses, urging everyone to embrace their freedom and smile. Ms. Carter’s powerful words resonated with the audience, leaving a lasting impact.