Johnny Rivera officially announces he's gay in FB video with Chiquis right by his side
Earlier this week, the late Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis Rivera announced her support regarding her brother Juan Angel (also known as Johnny) coming out as gay. It was heartfelt and admirable. We totally love her for it, especially with all the backlash her brother has been receiving. And a few hours ago, Johnny shared a video shot alongside Chiquis to Facebook where he's seen officially coming out to the world!
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Earlier this week Chiquis confirmed in an interview with El Gordo y La Flaca that she supports Johnny. She even shared a post on Instagram regarding all the criticism people were giving her for her adoptive parenting skills. Folks really went as far as blaming her so-called "poor" parenting for the reason why Johnny is gay. Unreal! But in a new video shared to Facebook, Johnny opens up about his sexual orientation for the first time and completly shut down haters.
"There's been a lot said about me in the past few weeks. Things didn't come out the way that I wanted them too. It was a little bit of a mistake on my part," Johnny says in the video. "I wanted to make this video first and for everyone to understand me. But my boyfriend, as you guys now know, Joaquin, we both got a little too excited and he posted a few pictures of us and I retweeted them and they went viral. And people began to start noticing that we were together. They didn't exactly come out the way I wanted them to, but they're up now. And I just wanted to explain myself a little bit more in depth. I am in a gay relationship right now and I am in love with this person."
Chiquis is seen on the couch right next to Johnny. She looks serious, but warm and super supportive. It's so sweet considering how difficult it must be for Johnny to have to defend his relationship to the public.
"I've been dealing with this part of myself for a long time now. Me and Joaquin, tomorrow is actually our two-year anniversary. But we've been back together for about five months now. We were split for about a year and a half and in that time, I did experiment with girls. You know I've tried different things here and there. And I still don't know my preference personally, but I do know that I love this person a lot. I've been in love with him for two years now and I'm happy. I'm really happy and it's the happiest I've ever been."
Johnny even touched on how his mom never learned about his gay identity because it was something he never got to share with her.
"I've dealt with this for so long and I never got to tell my mom about this side of myself. And I know that's like the number one question on everyone's mind. What would your mom think? [...] But me personally, knowing my mom, she never got to see the love side of this. She had so many friends and family members that were gay and they lived very promiscuous lifestyles and she saw how hard it was for them to be gay in this world, especially in the Latin community and I think that's the part she didn't want for her kids. She wasn't homophobic at all. She loved all her gay friends and family members."
Chiquis later goes on to say her own piece about the whole thing.
"This is one of the reasons why I think mom was afraid or just didn't want that lifestyle for her children. [...] Unfortunately, I've seen since this news has come out and there have been really mean people that have said really mean things," she said. "One of the things I've heard is 'oh my gosh, you guys are Christian, he's gonna go to hell and [...] you're going to go to hell with him.[...] And I don't think that that's fair. I don't think that that's anyone's place."
"I want to say in front of everyone that I'm very proud of him. Just hearing you speak, I'm just so proud of you because not a lot of people can just come out and say their truth. And so many people are afraid to accept who they truly are and they hide … because they are so afraid of what are other people are going to say. I'm here to support him and to love him and I'm always going to do that."
Honestly, I 100 percent agree with Chiquis. I think it takes a lot of courage for someone to come out to the world like this especially at 16, when you're still figuring yourself out. I also think it's amazing how supportive Chiquis has been towards Johnny throughout all of this. Glad to see they're both in a good and empowering place.
Check out the full video below!