On Saturday night’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, British comedian John Bishop shared heartfelt words of advice for fellow parents with gay children. The 51-year-old, who has previously spoken about one of his sons coming out as gay, said, “Just love them for who they are and allow them to feel safe, and then those little digs and the little knocks and the little abuse that they subtly get that we don’t know about, perhaps won’t penetrate as deep.”
To the applause of fellow guests Kylie Minogue and the Spice Girls, Bishop added, “To the kids who are 10 and 11 in the playground and are standing on their own, who don’t know where they belong or what group that they belong to, and try to play up to something or feel isolated. It’s their parents who think ‘oh no my son doesn’t want to play football, he doesn’t fit in’. Just say ‘it’s OK.'”
— ITV (@ITV) November 12, 2018
In response to the outpouring of support that he received following his appearance, Bishop tweeted, “I never expected to talk about my family but the positive feedback and the thought that it may help someone else has been heart warming.”
Thank you all for the supportive feedback from the @JRossShow last night night. I never expected to talk about my family but the positive feedback and the thought that it may help someone else has been heart warming. ❤️
— John Bishop (@JohnBishop100) November 11, 2018
It’s not the first time that the dad of three (Bishop and wife Melanie have Joe, 22, Luke, 20, and Daniel, 18, together) has spoken publicly about parenting a gay son. At the NatWest British LGBT Awards in May, where Bishop won the Ally of the Year award, he passionately advocated for the legalization of gay marriage in Ireland, remarking that he is “massively proud of” all of his children.
As Bishop told host Jonathan Ross, “Having a gay son is just like having a son. Of the top 10 things I think about him, being gay is not even on there. He’s just another son.”