Barbra Streisand Loves Having A Gay Son Who Inherited Her Musical Talents: ‘What More Could A Parent Ask For’

Barbra Streisand is an absolute legend in the entertainment industry. One of the few entertainers to have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (EGOT), Streisand can really do it all.

After getting her start by performing in nightclubs and on Broadway in the 1960s, she soon transitioned to film and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her iconic portrayal of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” in 1968. She continued to have success both musically and in Hollywood, even winning a second Oscar for her work composing music for the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born.” Now at 80, Streisand is still a force to be reckoned with.

But one aspect of her life that isn’t in the public eye as much as her career is her love life. She was married to actor Elliott Gould for much of the 1960s, and together the couple has a son, actor Jason Gould. Streisand and Jason even appeared as mother and son together in “The Prince of Tides.”

The mother-and-son duo is known to be very close. Jason spent most of his childhood with Streisand and has shared his respect for the woman who raised him. Jason has come out to his family and the world as gay and his mother has shown nothing but love and praise for her son. The award-winning singer and actress has spoken out on how Jason is nothing short of her biggest life blessing. The famous mother and son pair is close to this day and can even be found on stage together from time to time.

Barbara Joan Streisand – professionally known as Barbra Streisand – was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. When she was 13 years old, Streisand made a four-song demo tape with the help of her critical yet increasingly supportive mother. Despite her amazing talents as a singer, Streisand had dreams of becoming an actress. She saw her first Broadway play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” when she was just 14 years old, and from that point on she was completely hooked on the idea of acting. Streisand immersed herself in the art, studying everything from stage actresses to plays to acting theories.

However, in 2003, Streisand told NPR that she never really took singing lessons or properly learned how to read music. She explained, “I never approach singing as singing… I once tried to take a singing lesson many years ago.” Streisand explained how the teacher tried to explain how to enunciate her vowels differently to carry the sound better, but Streisand insisted that she had “to sing like I would speak,” so she stopped taking lessons.

Streisand’s intelligence and her desire to finally venture into show business full-time helped her graduate high school early at the age of 16. Afterward, she immediately set out and began auditioning for roles on various New York City stages.

During the 1960s, Streisand finally began to land roles. She auditioned for a musical comedy called “I Can Get It for You Wholesale.” Streisand landed the part of secretary to the lead who was played by Elliott. He was not well known at the time, and he and Streisand fell in love behind the scenes. They married in September 1963 and had one child together before divorcing in 1971.

In an exclusive interview with The Advocate, Streisand explained that she will always be proud of her son.

“I would never wish for my son to be anything but what he is. 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? I have been truly blessed,” she shared.

Having Jason in 1966, he grew up in the limelight alongside his very famous and iconic mother. It should be no surprise that he would also have a talent for singing. In an interview with Billboard in 2017, Jason shared that he had been musical since he was a kid.

“I was a kid who came up with melodies. I would sit at the piano and work out chord progressions I liked, but I never had the confidence to complete a song,” he shared.

Now that Jason is 55 years old, he owns who he is. He has admitted that he is different from his mother.

“​​The pressure of being compared, or judged is something I recognize I have no control over. And ultimately, I have to be authentic, so no matter who my mother is, it doesn’t really matter in the end. We are all products of our parents, though,” he revealed.

Jason released an album named “Dangerous Man,” in 2017 and “Dark Grey Skies,” in 2021. Aside from having an internationally known mom, Jason has created a name for himself in the music industry. Streisand and Jason have joined one another on stage, creating special moments for fans all over the world.

Jason told USA Today after joining his mom on stage for a performance:

“I did not know if my knees would buckle. I did not know if I could do it,” he said. “I didn’t want to set this up. I learned I could do it. It’s been weeks afterward, and I cannot believe I sang in front of thousands of people at the Hollywood Bowl. I don’t know who that person is.”

The singer admitted that after an experience such as that, nothing is impossible. “As I got more comfortable, I found I could respond to anything,” Jason shared.

Streisand praises her son and is extremely proud of him. While appearing on Katie Couric’s show “Katie,” she shared, “And I tell you, when I heard the things he’s recorded, the musicianship, the sound of his voice, it’s like he has a little chamber music orchestra right in his vocal cords.”

Jason and Streisand share an unbreakable mother-and-son bond. The two haven’t gone without their disagreements but at the end of the day, they support one another immensely. Jason has shared that his mother has a huge and loving heart.

“But there’s a lot of soul and heart. She’s a sensitive person and a generous soul. There’s a lot of love in there,” he said.

You can keep up with Jason on his popular Instagram page. The star has nearly 50,000 followers and fans. Jason’s social media page is full of his fun humor, social justice efforts and behind-the-scenes look at his life.

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