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  • - In just one week, a video of twin brothers

  • coming out to their father has been viewed

  • over 14 million times.

  • Take a look.

  • - I mean, I don't really know how else to put it,

  • but, like, uh...

  • Um, I'm gay, and, um...

  • Austin is too,

  • and, uh...

  • We just wanted to, like, call and tell you.

  • [sniffling]

  • - You know? - Right.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Yeah. - Right.

  • - From Los Angeles, California,

  • please welcome Aaron and Austin Rhodes.

  • It's a very, very hard thing to do,

  • and I applaud you for having the courage to do it.

  • So your dad was the last one in your family

  • that you told, right?

  • Yeah.

  • - And why was it so hard to tell him?

  • - My parents got divorced when we were really young.

  • so we didn't really have that close relationship with our dad.

  • And obviously we were closer with our mom,

  • so coming out to her was easy.

  • - How old were you when you came out to her?

  • - It was after graduation, so 17.

  • - Yeah, we were 17.

  • - Did you rehearse how you were gonna do it?

  • Was it harder than you thought?

  • - Like, leading up to it,

  • we thought it was just gonna be so easy.

  • We were like, "All right."

  • Like, I have a really good relationship with my dad,

  • and I was like, "He's gonna take it so well."

  • But then, like, right when we called him,

  • when he initially-- when he answered, like,

  • was the scariest moment of my life,

  • 'cause in my mind, I was like,

  • "This could potentially be the last time

  • "that we have a normal phone call like this

  • if he takes it bad,"

  • even though I thought he would take it so well.

  • But in that moment-- - You just never know.

  • So you decided to share it with people for what reason?

  • - I've see so many videos online of, like, people coming out,

  • and those have always inspired me.

  • That helped me come out personally.

  • - How old were you when you realized you were gay,

  • each of you?

  • - I never--I don't remember, like, a definitely moment.

  • I just remember, honestly,

  • just always kind of feeling that way,

  • and, like, when you're younger, I mean, I would, like,

  • try and, like, pretend like I wasn't

  • and, like, try and, like, go out with girls

  • and, like, whatever that was.

  • - And who told who first?

  • Who was the first person to tell the other?

  • -I told Austin. - He came to me first.

  • We went to, like, lunch at Panera Bread after work,

  • and he's like, "I have something to tell you,"

  • and we were, I think, 16 at the time.

  • And he just-- like, he said it to me.

  • He's like, "I'm gay," and I was like,

  • "Well, I'm the same way."

  • [laughter]

  • - So you just came out to each other.

  • - For sure. - All right.

  • We're gonna take a break, and then your dad is here.

  • I know this is overwhelming,

  • 'cause it just happened last week,

  • and it was a lot to take in, for your sons to tell you that.

  • And I think that you're an amazing father,

  • because a lot of fathers--

  • - Thank you. Appreciate that.

  • - That sends a very powerful message to dads out there

  • who just want the best for their children.

  • They just want their sons to be happy

  • and feel proud of themselves.

  • - Right. - Right?

  • - Yes. - Yeah.

  • When they called you,

  • they kind of were waiting to say something,

  • so did you think something terrible?

  • Were they gonna-- did you say--

  • Or did you think they were gonna say that?

  • - No, in the call,

  • I-I knew they were crying,

  • and I knew there-- something was wrong.

  • As a father, you just feel--

  • You know, "What's wrong?"

  • I could hear it come from them, their voices,

  • and when they told me,

  • I just felt as though...

  • [sighs]

  • The only thing that came through me

  • is, "I love you both.

  • "I love you both unconditionally.

  • "You're my children, I can't undo being your father,

  • and I don't want to be-- for no reason."

  • - That is the right thing to say, is I love you both.

  • And even if you don't fully understand it right now--

  • and I'm sure you don't--

  • there are ways to understand it, and time will help with that.

  • But has it changed your relationship?

  • Are you closer now? - Oh, yeah.

  • I really feel like now that we--

  • there's a weight off both our sides

  • I think that-- now that we--

  • I feel we can talk about anything

  • and come to me with anything in their lives.

  • I was very proud of my boys.

  • - Well, I think--yeah.

  • I think whenever someone's hiding something,

  • whatever it is,

  • they're not gonna give you their full selves.

  • They're not gonna show you who they are,

  • and you're not gonna get to know who your sons are,

  • and they probably were keeping themselves at a distance.

  • So the fact that--

  • I'm sure you're gonna have a close relationship.

  • But I can't tell you how amazing it is for you to--

  • even though you-- I'm sure you don't

  • completely understand it--

  • for you to just love them and accept them.

  • That's all they want, is for you to love them

  • and accept them.

  • - I'm very proud of them.

  • - All right, so you two are--

  • Where are you living now? In Los Angeles, right?

  • - Yeah, in LA.

  • - And you probably need some help,

  • because you don't have a place to live yet

  • and stuff like that,

  • so our friends at Shutterfly want to help you out.

  • And we're gonna give you a check for $10,000 to help you.

  • [cheers and applause]

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