Karamo Brown has said none of the Queer Eye castmates identify as “queer”.
The 37-year-old hunk stars as the culture expert in the Netflix reboot of the popular TV series - alongside Bobby Berk, Atoni Porowski, Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness - and in a recent interview, he revealed that he identifies as a “gay man” rather than “queer”.
While speaking to Marc Malkin on Facebook Live, he said: “I don’t [describe myself as queer]. I describe myself as gay – I come from an old school where gay used to be a negative.
“It’s not negative anymore to me. Through the years, I understand the reclaiming the power with it, but queer is more an umbrella that encompasses so many other people and for me, I identify as a gay man.
“I have a lot of friends who identify as queer. I don’t know if any of the guys on [Queer Eye] identify as gay.
“None of us identify as queer. I don’t know about Jonathan. We never asked if Jonathan identifies as queer.
“I know that me, Bobby and Tan identify as gay men. Atoni identifies as a gay man… I don’t know what Jonathan identifies as. I would assume gay but I don’t know.”
In the same interview, he revealed that his son Jason – who he found out about when he was 25 – could follow in his footsteps and star in Real World: Philadelphia, the show which kickstarted Karamo’s career.
He said: “I thought he was joking… but he showed me the application. He literally applied and sent his application off.
“His mother is the last girl I dated when I was in high school. She got pregnant and moved away and I found out about him when I was 25.
I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately which is great... but as a single dad it’s really hard to leave my sons constantly! I am missing these two so much right now! 😢😢 Every decision I make is to better their lives.... but that still doesn’t stop the guilt I feel for being on the road. I’m so thankful for the opportunities so I’m not complaining. Any parents out there who get my pain? #MyloandPrince Aba loves and misses you both.
“His mum’s sister when [I was on Real World], said to him, ‘That’s your father’, which made him watch the show to watch me.
“He put it in the application that ‘not only does this mean a lot to me because my dad was on it, but the first time I even saw my dad was when he was on The Real World’."
Karamo also adopted Jason's half brother Chris in 2010.