Soul Singer Sade Shares The First Picture Of Her Transgender Son (Exclusive Pics)

Legendary soul singer Sade Adu turned 58 yesterday (January 16, 2017) and amongst the hundreds of  birthday wishes from devoted fans from all over the world, Sade’s son Mickailia Ila Adu took to Instagram to pay a deeply personal tribute to the “By Your Side” singer. 

On October 11 2016, National Coming Out Day, Mickailia who was born a girl, came out as a transgender man. Photo: Bossip

Mickailia “Ila” Adu, is the 20-year-old daughter of Nigerian-born British singer, Sade Adu, as well as the daughter to Bob Morgan, a Jamaican-American music producer. The young man is now beginning to start his life over as he transitions from a female to a male. Photo: Mickailia Adu, Instagram

Paying tribute to his Grammy-winning mother, Sade’s son wrote these heartfelt words that accompanied the photo above on his Instagram account: “To my Queen. Words cannot describe how lucky I am to have you in my life and call you Mumma, you are my whole world and I love you with all my heart.” Photo: Mickailia Adu, Instagram

“Thank you for being you, the most beautiful person inside and out,” Ila continued. “Happy birthday Mumma Shard.” Judging by Sade’s photo with Ila, it’s easy to see that she supports her son’s transition.” Photo: Mickailia Adu, Instagram

Adu, the only child of singer Sade, came out on Instagram in December 2016 by posting a black and white selfie revealing his male identity. “Today is the first day of the rest of my life,” he wrote, adding the hashtags #shotday #firstshot #finally #ftm #selfmademan #transman #proud, and #yaaassss. Photo: Mickailia Adu, Instagram

It’s not known how he wants to be called, although Adu’s Instagram handle is “caracolonbenzos.” Photo: Mickailia Adu, Instagram

Sade took a decade-long break from her music career to raise her child with his father, music producer Bob Morgan of Jamaica, now her ex-partner. Photo: Mickailia Adu, Instagram

Following a record deal with Epic Records, Sade released her debut album “Diamond Life” in 1984. The album sold over six million copies, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the ’80s, and the best-selling debut ever by a British female vocalist. Photo: Licensed Getty Images

According to Recording Industry Association of America, Sade’s US certified sales stand at 23.5 million units. In 2002, she was awarded an OBE for services to music, and stated her award was “a great gesture to me and all black women in England.” Photo: Licensed Getty Images