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Growing Up Hip Hop star Andre King — and the brother of Alicia Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz — has come out as gay!
"I came to [my family] and I was just honest and I said, ‘You know what, I have something that's been laying on me and I just really want to tell you guys something,' and I just told them that I am gay and just identify as me. They were just really proud of me and happy and they all gave me so much love and just really said, you know, this is big. This is bigger than you doing your reality [show], this is your reality. That felt so good to get the love."
"It was so embracive and there was so much love, it felt like such a weight lifted off of me."
As for what it was like to tell his famous brother and sister-in-law, Andre says they couldn't have been more understanding of his decision to come out of the closet:
"I was just so nervous…I said I wish I would've come to them so much earlier and I probably wouldn't have gone through so many things that I've been through and they literally were like, ‘Dre, it's OK, we love you. We accept you no matter what. It's all good. It's all love.'"
After all, everything happens in it's own time:
"I'm kind of glad that everything's happening now, everything happens for a reason and timing is everything…I feel like it's a new journey, it's a new chapter and it's just great things. There's been so much great feedback from my friends, my family and people that just know me. I can say it's a powerful thing that I'm doing and people are like you're going to inspire someone else to do the same thing, to come out and just let people know it's OK to be you. It's OK to be different. It's honestly dope to be different."
King is also pals with new momma Angela Simmons, who he says has offered a ton of support as well:
"She is really the reason I'm even on the show. She has been a great friend and a great sister to me. She has been amazing."
Happy for you, Andre!
[Image via WENN.]