Mother’s Day is always sunny for actor-comedian Rob McElhenney.
With the holiday fast approaching, the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and vocal LGBTQ ally has teamed up with GLAAD to tell the world about his two moms: Helena McElhenney and her wife Mary Taylor.
In a heartwarming conversation uploaded to GLAAD’s YouTube page, Helena and Mary recall meeting for the first time and falling madly in love. At the time, Helena was an adult with children of her own, including Rob. She and Mary coupled up, but their first few years together weren’t easy. “I was afraid not only for my children but for myself,” Helena confesses.
— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) May 6, 2021
Helena and Mary shouldered through it, though. They’ve been together ever since and finally got married three years ago — much to the delight of Rob, who described having two moms as “a pretty great gift.”
“By the standards of 1984 South Philadelphia, our upbringing was unconventional, but my brother, sister and I were able to recognize early on that not every family looked exactly the same or like what we saw on television,” the actor said in a statement. “Yet we had nothing but love and support and compassion and empathy. And I think that that allowed us to flourish.”
We’re not crying, you’re crying! Maybe if Mac, Rob’s very gay Always Sunny alter ego, were raised by such loving and supportive parents, he would have come out of the closet much sooner.
Learn more about Helena and Mary’s love story in the video below.