The musician, 45, appeared on Fearne Cotton’s podcast, Happy Places, when he shared the news and opened up about his reaction upon first learning that Lolita Bootsy was now a boy called Colby.
Jones admitted to “getting upset” and “going through a grieving process” after struggling to “work out what was going on” at first.
“You feel like you’ve lost your daughter and you’ve gained a son, and then you get responsible for the siblings and how they’re going to deal with it and the grandparents,” he told Cotton.
He said that Colby first came out as a lesbian before announcing he actually identified as a boy.
“I had found out Bootsy was going through her own sexuality situation and I could tell that was going on for a while and she was asking me questions about this, that and the other,” he continued.
“Bootsy then worked out it wasn’t just a sexuality thing it was a gender thing and it was more and more about transitioning really. So now she has gone from Bootsy transitioning into Colby.”
Jones said he’s currently talking to the all-girls school that Colby attends, stating: “[They] have been amazing supporting the whole thing. I am at acceptance with it and we are fully supporting it.”
Reflecting upon his initial struggles with dealing with Colby’s decision, Jones added: “It’s the resistance to everything and your own prejudices and whatever films you’ve seen, whatever it is or your upbringing or derogatory terminology you’ve used as a kid, all that comes straight into your head the minute you hear the word trans or transgender.”
Colby is Jones’ first child with his ex-partner Rebecca Walters. Their second is Misty, 12, and Jones also has a three-year-old named Riley with wife Jakki Healy.