Legendary Rapper Da Brat Opens Up About Coming Out in Her 40s

Friday June 5, 2020

Iconic rapper Da Brat is opening up about her decision to come out in March, saying that her relationship with her girlfriend inspired her to be honest about herself to the world.

Da Brat, 46, was profiled in Variety's "Power of Pride" series and she explains it "feels good to share with the world when you're happy." The "Give it 2 You" rapper went on to say that she "always felt like being private is the better way to go" but things became complicated when she began dating businesswoman Jessica Dupart.

"My partner is a social media mogul, and when you get with somebody, you have to meet in the middle," Da Brat told Variety. "I was like, 'Oh s---, I just came out after 20-something years!'"

She went on to say that the response to her coming out has been very positive.

"The reaction made me feel like, 'Why didn't I do this s— years ago?'" Da Brat said, adding that she received a lot of texts and messages. "...There were some people saying, 'We knew it.' Well, good for you! Now I know it, and I'm able to say it. I did this on my own terms."

"We just complement each other," she told Variety. "Some of my exes wouldn't be able to take how social media drags people — the hate and the trolls. But this one that I got now? She's built for it. She teaches me.

"So I'm learning, and when you have a partner that you can learn from, grow with, who inspires you? I love that," the rapper added.

Da Brat also shared why she decided to not speak out about her sexuality sooner, saying that the music industry made it extremely difficult for her to be herself.

"I was always told you want to be f—able to men and women to sell records — you don't want anybody to discriminate," she said. "It was absolutely my decision. I mean, you saw what happened to people like Ellen [DeGeneres]: Remember when she lost her TV show and all these horrible things were happening? People were totally against it.

"It's still tough for female MCs, producers and writers if you don't have the support of a major male artist backing you — or if you're not super-duper sexy and have some big titties and a nice ass and can twerk," she told Variety. "You can't go in there looking [tough] like I did [back in the day] and be like: 'I'm a rapper.' They're going to say, 'Let's get you out of those tomboy clothes and dress you up in a teddy.'

"But that changes who you are — and then your rhymes start changing because you look different," Da Brat went on to say. "Then you're not so relatable because you're not being yourself anymore. Now you're somebody else. Who are you?"

She added that she hopes to inspire people who are struggling with their sexuality or gender expression.

"To me, Pride is loving myself and not making excuses for anything: Live in your truth," Da Brat said. "If I can inspire someone or help somebody to deal with their issues and their sexuality," she said, "then I'm here for it."

Click here to read the full Variety profile.

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