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Andrea Kelly, dancer, mother, ex of R. Kelly, and cast member of Hollywood Exes gave an exclusive interview to VH1 discussing her transgender son & pending divorce. I have personally given Drea the nickname ‘Grace’ because she is truly a woman who has exhibited nothing but grace, class & pure faith. She is my absolute favorite on the show. While watching Hollywood Exes, I’ve noticed that Drea remains kind, humorous & loving after every challenge. She doesn’t hold her tongue, but most importantly, she doesn’t let anger or pain hold her heart. Last night on the show, Andrea took us inside her gorgeous wedding. She was happy, filled with love and hope for her future with Brian. Sadly, they are currently going through a divorce. Her recent interview with VH1 shed more light on the situation with Brian McKee and the issue of her transgendered son.
Here are some highlights:
The finale of Hollywood Exes this season is centered around your wedding but you’ve since announced that you are getting divorced. Are you planning on watching or will that be too hard?
Oh gosh, yes! You know what, I’m proud. And I know that seems odd to say like, girl what? But I am proud because I really do think that I am a living example for women. Life goes on, honey. You cannot crawl up under a rock and go “I’m done with life.” Because guess what, it’s still gonna happen. You’re still gonna have to face it.
It was discovered that Brian was having an affair and women were coming forward to you via Twitter. You managed to stay so positive and I just kept reading tweets where you were like, “Girl Power.” How did you keep such a optimistic outlook, at least publicly?
[Laughs] For some reason, we have been brainwashed and taught that you attack the other woman. If something happens it’s “definitely the woman’s fault” and “women can’t get along” and all we do is fight. Everything that was happening on social media – was it hurtful? Yes. Was it embarrassing? Most definitely. But is it life? Yes. Just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean that life doesn’t happen. I knew that I had a choice to make [to stay positive] and it was an easy one to make.
This past June your 14-year-old son Jay came out as a transgender boy on his Ask.fm page. How is your family adjusting to that? Are there any misconceptions you’d like to clear up?
All I can say about Jay is he makes it so easy to be a proud mom. For parents, we need to realize, [our kids] have their own journey. Parents get it wrong when they don’t support their children. They have to go out and fight every day and face this world. The first battle should not be at home. I think that a lot of children in the LGBT community don’t succeed because the one thing they need the most is foundation. I just tell Jay all the time, baby you won the war. You’re gonna have a lot of battles but you won the war. Mama accepts and loves you for who you are. Your family does. My dad is a retired military naval officer and all he said was, “I’m gonna mess up sometimes and [use the feminine pronoun] ‘she’ but I’m gonna eventually get the ‘he’ thing. Just give grandpa some time. I’m gonna get it dude.” That was it.
You can read the interview in its entirety here. Dance on in grace Drea… Your journey is just beginning…