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Barbra Streisand’s Only Son Felt Uncomfortable after He Decided to Come Out as Gay to His Mom

Rebelander Basilan
Mar 29, 2019
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Barbra Streisand is a powerhouse musician, having won eight Grammy awards and starring on numerous films and Broadway shows. What not a lot of people know, is that his only son, Jason Gould, inherited her talent. 

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Barbra Streisand has had a great career, and through it all, she was raising her only son, Jason Gould. She shares Jason with her first husband, Elliott Gould. 

Streisand and Gould separated when Jason was only four years old. She ended up finding love again, marrying James Brolin in 1998.

American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker Barbra Streisand with her son Jason Gould at Heathrow Airport, London, UK on April 11, 1969 | Photo: Getty Images

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FOLLOWING HIS MOM'S FOOTSTEPS

Nowadays, Jason is following in her mother's footsteps as a singer, realizing he had a passion for music. Despite being 54 years old, he only released his debut album, Dangerous Man, back in 2017. 

Although "Dangerous Man" was released in 2017, he was already working in the industry as a producer. However, after touring with his famous mother all over the world, he gained more confidence in himself. 

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WORKING WITH HIS MOM

Previously, Gould had never sung in front of a live audience, let alone an audience of 18,000. Speaking about the experience, he said it took a lot of prayers for him to overcome his fear. 

Ultimately, it was Streisand's encouragement that inspired him to perform despite his hesitations. Throughout his life, his mom has been his guide. 

Barbara Streisand on December 11, 2012 in Westwood, California | Source: Getty Images

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OVERCOMING HIS FEARS

Despite his nervousness, singing in front of a live audience for the very first time in his life turned out to be a sweet experience for him. Opening up about it, he said: 

" It was a sweet experience really, and my mother was very supportive and encouraging. It was her idea."

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A MULTITALENTED PERSON

Aside from singing, Gould has also tried acting. He starred in films like "Say Anything," "The Prince of Tides," and "Subterfuge." On "The Prince of Tides," he starred alongside his mother, playing her son. 

Previously, Streisand admitted that working with her child on a project was "the most joyous time" ever. She openly shares that she believes her son is a gifted actor and filmmaker, claiming she was blessed to have him as a son.  

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A BLESSED MOTHER

Streisand has a lot to be proud of in her life, but she's always been most proud of her darling son. In her biography, she wrote that she would never wish for her son to be anything other than what he is. She wrote:

"He is bright, kind, sensitive, caring and a very conscientious and good person. He is a very gifted actor and filmmaker. What more could a parent ask for in their child.”

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LOVING HER CHILD UNCONDITIONALLY

The singer also wrote that she resonates with other parents in feeling that their child is particularly special. She gushed about her son in her book, saying he is wonderful. 

Ultimately, Streisand's only wish for Gould was that "he continues to experience a rich life of love, happiness, joy, and fulfillment, both creatively and personally.”

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OPENING UP ABOUT HIS SEXUALITY

In 1988, when he was 21 years old, Gould came out to his parents. It took three years for that private information to leak to the press and the fact that it did shocked Gould. 

At the time, it was rumored that he was already married to a man at the time. Although never hid the fact that he was gay as he is comfortable with his sexuality, it was uncomfortable for him seeing the media paint an untrue story about himself.

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ADJUSTING TO HIS PARENTS' FAME

Through the years, Gould has adjusted to being comfortable with his parents' fame, especially his mother's. Speaking about it some more, he said in an interview:

“There was a time when I was uncomfortable and not sure whether people like me for me or liked me because they liked her. But that can be pretty transparent after about 10 minutes.”

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HIS PARENTS' RELATIONSHIP

Aside from his famous mother, his dad, Elliott, was an Academy Award-nominated actor. While he was known for his appearances on Robert Altman films in the 1970s, younger audiences remember him as Ross and Monica's dad, Jack Geller, on "Friends." 

When he was only four years old, his parents decided to get a divorce. Despite what happened, Gould maintains a close relationship with both of his parents. 

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At the time when Gould came out as gay, his mother was already considered one of the biggest gay icons in the world. Dating people is already challenging in itself, but for Gould, all he could do was just be himself. 

There are many pressures that come with being Streisand's child, but for Gould, he is now comfortable in his own skin. In fact, while it's hard to tell whether people are genuine, he always stays true to himself. 

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