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While singer Sade has always kept her personal life behind the scenes, her 20-year-old daughter is living out loud. Mackalia Adu, known as ‘Ila,’ announced on Instagram that she is officially undergoing a medical transition into a man, posting a picture of herself with the caption:

“Today is the first day of the rest of my life. 04/10/16

#shotday#firstshot#finally#selfmademan#transman#proud#yaas#.

 

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According to Premium Times, Ila, a “proud lesbian,” has long been open about her desire to transition and “is reported to suffer from ‘gender dysphoria’ (a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there’s a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity).” According to images on her Instagram account, which is private, Ila is currently in a relationship with a woman whom she refers to as “wifey.”

Ila was born in 1995 to Sade and Jamaican music producer Bob Morgan whom the singer moved to the Caribbean to live with in the late ’90s. The pair later separated, and as a young woman Ila studied at Wycliffe College in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. So far Sade, who lives in the countryside in Gloucestershire, has yet to comment on her daughter’s news, which isn’t surprising considering the Nigerian-English artist is known for being “famously reclusive.” We wouldn’t be surprised if Ila, however, became a national trans icon given her announcement and her mantra, “I came in like a lamb, but I intend to leave like a lion.”

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