Perez Hilton: I won’t put my son in dance class because it might make him gay
Perez Hilton has said he won’t send his son to dance classes because it would mean a 50 percent chance he would “end up being gay.”
In a YouTube video on his channel, the TV personality, who is openly gay, also said he would rather his five-year-old son – as well as his two daughters – were straight and cisgender.
Hilton explained: “This is all stemming from me saying on [my] podcast that I wouldn’t put my son into dance class because I think dance class might help make your son gay.
“And I wasn’t even joking.”
He continued: “And even though I believe I was born gay, I can reconcile having said that.”
Hilton, who said he was fired from his dream job last year, added: “I’m not going to put a number on it,” before doing just that.
“I would say a good amount — maybe like 50 percent or more — of little boys who take dance class end up being gay.”
The 40-year-old gossip reporter pleaded: “I don’t think that’s a homophobic thing to say.
“Just like I don’t think it’s a homophobic thing to say that a disproportionate amount of male singer/actor/dancers on Broadway are gay.
“There are more gay men drawn to that profession. That’s not homophobic, that’s just a fact.”
He added: “I may be digging my grave even further here, but ultimately, every decision I make for my son is what I think is best for his future.
“I don’t want to do anything that could potentially hurt him.”
Hilton did clarify that “if my son turns out to be gay, or if he turns out to be gay but not able to articulate that yet because he’s only five, I will love my son unconditionally and support him.
“If my son is transgender, I will love him and support him unconditionally.”
He added: “And if he really wanted to take dance class — which he hasn’t expressed that — if he begged and pleaded, if I saw that would make him truly happy, I would do that.”
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The blogger said he had signed his son up for tennis classes, because “gays do tennis, but it’s not something I think: ‘oh yeah, no, I’m gonna have him in tights and ballet shoes.'”
Hilton insisted: “I know I’m a good dad,” before wondering out loud if he’d “just made things worse.”
In 2015, the blogger made waves on Celebrity Big Brother, during what he called “a traumatic experience” in the house.
Watch Perez’s video here: