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Go-Go's Gal Talks About Her Gay Son

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In a recent interview with Attitude magazine, The Go-Go's singer, Belinda Carlisle discusses the emotional moment when her son came out to her in 2005 and her fears for her boy's future.

Speaking from the heart, she recalled in the interview the moment that her 17-year-old son James Duke Mason told her he was gay:

"I have to say even though it wasn't that much of a surprise, it was a shock. When he told me I was driving and I had to pull the car over. It is different when it is your child. It's not bad or good… but you start thinking, and I don't mean this negatively, 'Is there something I've done?' I didn't quite understand. More than likely it was a genetic thing."

After her initial shock, Belinda began to concern herself more for her son's well-being within the small community that they live in:

"I worried for his safety… He came out to his school before he came out to my husband. And I was like, 'Can't you wait?' He had to make a big announcement - it's no one's business what your sexuality is. I worry about him. He bought this t-shirt that I think is asking for trouble of two gay men holding hands. I said, 'You can't wear that on the street.' He's so out that I would like it if he reined it in a bit. But he's living in provincial France; he's nothing to compare it to. It's hard for him. He's had a few bad meltdowns being a gay teenager (living) in the middle of nowhere."

Sounds kind of rough for the kid! But it sure will make him a stronger, better man in the end!

Trust us, Belinda! He's gonna be okay!

[Image via WENN.]

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57 comments to “Go-Go's Gal Talks About Her Gay Son”

  1. buck says – reply to this


    therapy quickly!! this mental disorder can be corrected.

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    The French and Europeans in general are far more tolerant about homosexuality than uptight Americans. Let the kid come out in his own way. I'm sure part of his need to "make a big announcement" is based on a need for attention (for which Mommy Belinda may want to take a long hard look in the mirror).

  3. 3

    I can relate to this 100%. I had the exact feelings and worries when my son came out at the same age. You just want them to be safe and happy. Bottom line.

  4. 4

    When my sis and I told my mom that we were bi/zexual, she said so what! When we told our dad, the look on his face said it all, but hez a dickhead anyway, so we don't give 5 zhitz what he has to say.

  5. 5

    Bless her for being an understanding and concerned Mom.
    Many parents are not as supportive.
    Good luck, James. Stay in France; enjoy your life.
    America has NOT stepped into the 21st century yet. Be safe.

  6. 6

    Wow…beautifully put Belinda AND Perez's advice.

  7. 7

    RE:Delawhere…right there with you

  8. 8

    I don't care about Belinda Carlisle or her son. I don't care what his sexual orientation is. Perez clearly has nothing else to think about; I suppose thems that gets none obsess about those who do. And, despite all the comments telling Mario to leave off the gay, he insists on posting that tripe. That some of us don't like it and/or don't want to read it doesn't make us haters or homophobics; it makes us people who don't appreciate being bombarded with Mario's agenda.
    I don't accept homosexuality and I don't NOT accept it. A person's sexuality and/or preferences is not something I want flung into my face. That's personal, private, intimate information. A person is who and what a person is. I don't want or need to know or want to be expected to embrace what he/she does in his/her bedroom.
    This is supposed to be a site about celebrity gossip. Yes, Belinda Carlisle was, once upon a time, a celebrity. But the Attitude article is old news, Belinda's son is not a celebrity, and I'm honestly really weary of seeing Mario's posts on gayness, nor am I the only one.
    To Mario and his few suck-ups: If people like me stopped coming here, there wouldn't be enough others left to give you the numbers you need to support the advertising fees you charge, so cram that argument. But Mario, if you keep alienating your audience, your audience will leave you, and you're gonna vanish from the scene.

  9. 9

    Trust us, Belinda! He's gonna be okay!


    NO. I don't trust you in any way. Not for one second. He might not be okay.

  10. 10

    Thanks for sharing Belinda.

  11. amyej says – reply to this


    This story has touched me on a very personal level. My 16 year old son came out to me this past summer. My first thought, as was hers, was about his well being. It is tough enough to be a teenager and then have this on top of it. The fact that it is still a "secret" to some breaks my heart. He is a loving, kind child. I am just glad that he came to terms with this early and doesn't have to struggle like so many in the gay community do. I just want him to be true to himself. I am so thankful that I have raised him to be so comfortable with himself.

  12. 12

    Being gay is never ok Perez. You seem to think you are ok, but you would not last a second in my neighborhood sissy-boy.

  13. 13

    Oh! Yea! Trust Perez. He'll be OK. Just look how he turned out. Geeeez. What a way to make Belinda feel worse you jerk.
    Belinda, just get him some therapy and love on him as much as you can. It is not anything that you did, it is him. Get him therapy to ensure that he will be the most well adjusted son and person that he can be. He may also come to grips with the fact that it is a choice and not a biological issue.

  14. 14

    I bet when he starts clubbing and his mama's song comes on the dance floor, all his friends are gonna be liek AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Her single is a fuckin' gay anthem!

  15. 15

    Re: buck

    Go jerk off to Sarah Palin's book.

  16. 16

    Re: La Garse

    Here we go again. You are a real cun*t.

  17. 17

    Re: La Garse

    By the way you stupid twat, why don't you go to a different gossip site. Stupid mother fucking piece of shit.

  18. 18

    Perez, if by "will make him a stronger, better man in the end" you mean a man like yourself…I think you have just given Belinda Carlisle reason to worry even more. I doubt any mother wishes for their son to become a blathering, two-faced, hypocritical mess of a celebrity wannabe.

  19. 19

    This coming from the woman that used to live in basements and make out with Jane Weidlin at parties while high……Um, Belinda, he won't be HALF as wild as you were.

  20. cdv says – reply to this


    Re: DaBitchIzIndakrazihouze
    If I was your parents, I would be more concerned about your poor grammar.

  21. 21

    Uh, your son's having "meltdowns" because the lifestyle he has chosen (be it due to sexual abuse as a child or rebellion) goes against the laws of nature and his soul is depressed. Elementary. It is sad, but he will continually have these meltdowns. I would only congratulate you, Ms. Carlisle, if you had simply been a good mother. Congratulating your son is congratulating him for his demise. It's a sick world we live in!

  22. cdv says – reply to this


    Re: Poindexter-X
    La Garse is 100%, you idiot. This site is about celebrities not their kids sexual preference. And thats anyone- whether its the 900 Pitt Jolie kids, Suri or this kid. Not news.

  23. 23

    Re: Buk0wski – Absolutely correct.

  24. 24

    small european towns are NOT more tolerant of homosexuality… and perez, i guess you dont get it if you grew up in hollywood, but the kids in my town would've given you hell and it doesnt make you stronger to be beaten down. poor kid… even his mother doesnt seem to get it.

  25. buck says – reply to this


    Re: La Garse – sounds like somebody doesn't like you but i think you are right on target.

  26. 26

    Re: La Garse – Disagreed, La Garse, this site will not go away. There are more than plenty of deviant's who eat this shiz up. It's the way of the "future". Not saying get used to it by no means, but fight it with your very life, because at the end of the day, you'll need to.

  27. 27

    Both my sons are gay. When they came out- 2 years apart - my first thought was also " Is it something I did". So I asked them. And they said what I had done was love them unconditionally, and that was what gave them the courage to be who they are, and not worry about losing that love.
    Your son WILL be OK Belinda.

  28. 28

    thats why you dont make your kids grow in the middle of nowhere. it amplifies everything and makes even the slightest difference about you seem like a huge deal.

  29. 29

    Re: La Garse – People like you are what's wrong with this world. Please die in a fire.

  30. 30

    What on earth do you know about Belinda's son 'gonna be ok'? As a gay man, I would rather go live in a closet than have your ugly support. Where's the cum dripping from Belinda's mouth? Really, in all honesty… the Black Eyed Peas should have hit you harder. Much harder. Quit your whining… you'd still 'gonna be ok' asshole. I'm ashamed that you're gay.

  31. 31

    Re: La Garse – kudos. i agree… gimme some blind item scoop or something! who caresssssssss!

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  34. 34

    Wow for someone who is neither gay or has a son/daughter who is gay, I'm apalled by some of the comments on here about Belinda's son and Perez Hilton. You know what website you are coming on, if you don't like it, don't read it…YOU are why America is so behind European Countries on homosexuality. James, although will go through trial and tribulations, WILL be fine…You small minded people not so much!!!

  35. 35

    Something similar happened to me with my son. He was also 17 when he came out to me. Although I didn't care that he was gay, what worried me were people reactions to him once they knew. I didn't want anyone hurting my beautiful son just because of who he was. He is more of a man than all the men I have ever met and a mother could not ask for a better son. He is kind, loving, respectful and has compassion towards others. What more could a mother want? I'm very proud of him

  36. 36

    Re: Buk0wski – You are so wrong!!! I bet you are one of those Christians who says it is a choice. Tell me, do you have a choice in being heterosexual? No, of course not. It is who you are. Do you think anyone would choose to be ridiculed, beaten, insulted, isolated, ignored and killed by his or her choice? It is easier to go with the flow. You are born the way you are. Besides, NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. I am perfectly happy with the child God gave me. Wake up, America.

  37. 37

    Re: amyej – Great post! You're definitely a good parent.
    What people fail (refuse?) to realize is,it's NOT a choice. And the sooner they get that through their thick sculls,the better off the world will be.
    And…being gay is NOT all about SEX! It's about who you relate to on an emotional level.
    You homophobes and bigots need to open your eyes and hearts.You just may have a gay child or family member yourself one day. What will you do then?
    Hopefully be a great parent like Belinda. Stop the hate and learn to live and let live!

  38. 38

    Re: buck – You are a jerk. But I don't really need to remind anyone of that. You remind everyone,every time you post!

  39. 39

    Re: Revolennon – #18 Please! All gay people are NOT like Perez! He does NOT represent the LGBT community. If anything,we hate him,too.
    He makes everyone look bad,whether you're gay or not. Don't put anyone else in the same category,Perez isn't even human!

  40. 40

    Re: Buk0wski – #13- You don't have a fucking clue to what you're talking about! It's NOT a fucking CHOICE! Who the hell would choose a life that is filled with B.S. and hate? Get the hell off your high horse and LEARN what the truth is. It's NOT a choice! Get it,asshole?

  41. 41

    Re: A Voice of Sanity – And it's sick people,like you,who keep it that way!

  42. 42

    sounds to me like she's not really being supportive at all..i say let him go out there with the t-shirts and stuff. it's none of anyone's business what his sexuality is, so if they have a problem with it they can keep their mouths shut. no, it's not a choice, but it's not a bad thing either and people need to stop with the judging..if god created all on this earth then he created gay people too, and they should be loved and cherished like all of his/her/their (whatever you believe) creations

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    Re: A Voice of Sanity
    Your a disgrace to humanity. I suppose I am too, by being 'gay'. Utter nonsense.

  44. 44

    Re: buck
    People like you make my life worth living, asshole. If you don't understand something say nothing atall.

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    Re: buck
    it's people like you that make my life worth living, asshole. If you don't understand something, say nothing

  46. 46

    Re: La Garse
    More people need to be like you, it's good that you don't have much of an oppinion about something that doesn't need to be someone elses news. That's what we want-to be seen as equal enough (as that's what we are-equal to you) to not have to stand up for who we are to get the rights we should already have. The irony behind this is that if more people didn't have an oppinion and it was excepted as (and for all the ass-hole bigots put there), SOMETHING PEOPLE
    DON'T CHOOSE then you wouldn't get frustrated at the publicity that is needed to make things that way. People won't shut up untill they can live a life the way they deserve.

  47. 47

    Re: Buk0wski
    your a joke, can you honestly say that you've got the evidence to back up it's a choice there dickwhit?
    The nature versus nuture debate-whatever your answer may be, it's most-defornately not a choice. I'm not saying that by having a choice, I would choose not to be gay but it would be a shit load of less of agro. I am gay and thank FUCK for it. I'd rather be who I am and be able to understand then be who you are ten-fold.

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    Re: redvixenRe: redvixen
    I find it incredably encapsulating that you can see how by being gay affects your rights as a person, how it feels and how it's wrong to be treated that way. You seem a sublime person and an ideal candidate for how people should be. I've liked what you've had to say and how you're supporting your two sons-I bet that made it abit easier for them. I'm 19 and came out to my Mum last-year, she's tried talking through things with me a number of times but I find it a very hard thing for me to disguss-which riles me because I'm not atall like that. You seem a person with wonderfull views which are very commendable and rightly so-we need people like you to come out to before the damage is done on individuals and we can't be who we are comfortably. It's not worth the stress-i should know. Well-done for being so cool.

  49. 49

    She's a former Go-Go and he's currently a Ho-Mo.

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    i never understood the type of gay guy who has to come out in a big way. why do they have to be so extreme.i never did that. i think it has to do with some self hating. by being so extreme in their coming out, they can get neegative attention towards them because they feel so shitty about themselves.

  51. 51

    Re: La Garse – If you don't accept or tolerate people born gay than get the fuck of this sight uneducated redneck bitch. Bye bye.

  52. 52

    Re: the Period – I think it's good when people come out and it's a release from hiding it all those years ,and I think its sick fcks like you that feel it's somehow a bad thing that need the help. For years the same people who harassed him and called him a f** now are outraged that he says he's gay himself. That kind of insane bigotry and hate needs to stop in the modern world and we need to be more civilized like Canada and Europe and less like radical Arab and African countries that are barbaric and backwards.

  53. 53

    Belinda Carlisle the gorgeous beauty and talent married Morgan Mason the son of the late actor James Mason. Morgan Mason was an aid to Ronald Reagan in the whitehouse. Belinda and Morgan had a beautiful son named James. Belinda and Morgan are loving parents and protect their son from the vicious rightwing republcians who have taken over Morgan's republican party. The liberal and talented Belinda and the former republican Mason will not support the gop anymore now that they have been takeover by trailer park southern fundies with pitchforks.

  54. 54

    Re: buck – Buck you are an asshole! now go play with yourself you might find your head in there!

  55. 55

    I'm so sick of these homophobes who think that homosexuality is a choice. If you've ever interacted with a gay person, you would realise that it's biological. Do you homophobic cüntholes honestly think anyone would willingly choose to be gay just to be subjected to the wrath of biased discrimination from arseholes such as you???
    Sexual/race discrimination is solely the domain of old school fücktards that are incapable of moving with the times, and is a mentality that should be relegated to the annals of history. Fück all of you discriminatory cüntfaces.

  56. 56

    You do realize that this interview was taken out of context right? Just as everything Perez writes is either taken out of context, stolen illegally or manipulated to look a certain way. That is how Perez both destroys the gay community and makes money at the same time.

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    Re: knowitall – u need to reread my comment. i never said it was bad to come out. coming out is great. it is only bad when one has to be so extreme with it or anything for that matter. extreme behavior does not help other gay people. if anything it makes it worse. that being the case, u do not knowitall.