Perez Hilton is no stranger to controversy—but this time, comments about his son’s sexuality have landed him in the hot seat.
In an episode of his podcast from last week, the 40-year-old blogger announced that he wouldn’t be enrolling his 5-year-old son, Mario, in dance classes because most young boys who dance “end up being gay.” If he had his way, he’d prefer if his son was straight.
“I don’t think that’s a homophobic thing to say,” added Hilton, who’s long proclaimed he was born gay. “Just like I don’t think it’s a homophobic thing to say that a disproportionate amount of male [actors] on Broadway are gay. There are more gay men drawn to that profession… That’s just a fact.”
After his remarks from the podcast received an outpouring of backlash, Hilton took to social media to clarify.
“If I had my preference, I’d prefer my son to be heterosexual because it’s easier,” he said in a YouTube video, which he shared on Twitter.
“As a gay man, I’m not ashamed to be gay… but if I could go back in time and, when I was 18, be given a choice, I would have chosen then to be heterosexual… Being a gay man [around the world] is still a harder road to travel on.”
He then added that he’d support Mario regardless of his sexuality: “If my son turns out to be gay, or if he’s already gay but not able to articulate that yet because he’s only 5, I will love my son unconditionally and support him. If my son is transgender, I will love him and support him unconditionally.”
“[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 is a parent to three kids: Mario, 2-year-old Mia, and 5-month-old Mayte.