Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown found out he had a son 10 years after his secret birth
Karamo Brown has revealed that he only found out he had a child 10 years after their birth.
Brown, who has shot to fame as the Queer Eye reboot’s culture expert, is now the happy father of two boys.
But the journey there has been fraught and emotional for the 37-year-old.
“I came out at 16-years-old as a proud, gay man,” he told Parents.com.
“My last girlfriend in high school – when I was 15 – became pregnant with my child but did not tell me.
“She moved away, and I never had contact with her again; remember this is before social media.”
A whole decade passed before he received a subpoena for child support, seemingly out of the blue.
“I was confused, sad, angry, and weirdly excited to be a dad, but felt lost nonetheless,” he recalled.
But he held no ill will towards his ex-girlfriend.
“We were both kids and don’t blame her for the decision she made because the choice was not hers, it was the adults around us,” said Brown.
The TV star took full custody of his son, Jason, straight away, saying: “It wasn’t always easy, but when it comes to your children, giving up is never an option.”
He had to change the way he lived though, which meant first of all getting rid of his status as a “functioning addict”.
“It wasn’t until I became a dad that I asked myself how would I feel if my son had the same relationship with drugs and alcohol as I did,” Brown explained.
“I quit and have never looked back.”
He found out that his son had a half-brother called Chris, leading him to spend 10 years being a social worker while adopting his second son.
Brown said: “I took legal guardianship of Chris [in 2011]. Chris was nine at the time, and it has been an amazing journey.
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“Again, I give my son’s mother so much praise for allowing me to step in and support her in raising our kids.”
Brown spoke out to bemoan the state of gay dating apps earlier this year.
Insisting that as a community, “we’re regressing,” the TV personality has explained that gay dating apps are bringing LGBT+ groups further apart, rather than uniting them.
Karamo revealed that he has never been on a dating app but is all the better for it, as he also believes they over-sexualise the community.