“I am in a gay relationship right now and I am in love with this person.”
Johnny Lopez, the youngest son of the late Jenni Rivera, caused a social media storm over Thanksgiving weekend after sharing photos of he and his boyfriend. The 16-year-old decided to open up about his sexuality and address the backlash in an interview with Universo.
He recorded the video with his supportive sister, Chiquis Rivera, sitting by his side. The siblings addressed the negative reactions, and Lopez came out as bisexual, explaining that he never actually felt like he was hiding. Rather, just trying to figure himself out.
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“I’ve been dealing with this part of myself for a long time now,” he says, addressing that he has dated both men and women. “I still don’t know my preference, personally.”
“But I do know that I love [my boyfriend] a lot,” he adds. “I’ve been in love with him for two years now. And I’m happy. I’m really happy. It’s the happiest I’ve ever been.”
The siblings did talk about their mother and the reaction they think she might have had to the news if she were still alive. Rivera assumed the role of protective older sister and called out the haters in the video.
“This is one of the reasons that I think that mom was afraid or just didn’t want that lifestyle for her children,” Rivera says. “Unfortunately, I’ve seen that since this news has come out. There have been some really mean people that say really mean things. I want to tell those people that I am going to pray for you.”
Another pic from, two years ago today, the first day I officially met J in person as my friend and fell in love with him. My baby girl @lifeofstephyg was there taking care of my heart. All three of us are a bit of a mess but we’re sure as hell a cute mess @jooaquaain pic.twitter.com/NXw0wykEMk
— j.a. (@juanangel702) November 29, 2017
Rivera expressed her pride in her brother, especially considering scary it is for so many to accept themselves or come out of the closet. But she’s got his back.
“I’m here to support him and to love him,” she says. “I’m always going to do that. I’m proud of you because it take some balls, honestly, to come out and you’re so young.”
“I wanted to make this video first for everyone to understand me,” says Lopez.
Get it, Johnny. Be proud of who you are. You have an entire community that supports you and your boyfriend. ?