As she got older, Cynthia Bailey’s daughter Noelle Robinson has become more visible on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta. For the current season, the cameras were rolling while she had a very personal conversation with Bailey about her sexuality. While she was home during a break from college, she shared with her mother that she is gender fluid. Not having privacy during such a serious talk was nerve wrecking the 20-year-old and she was very anxious about that moment being aired for millions to see.
“She was having a lot of anxiety before the show aired, because she didn’t know how it was going to make her feel,” the 52-year-old told HollywoodLife.
To their surprise, after the airing of the episode last week they received an outpour of support.
“But I cannot tell you the love and support, it’s all I’ve been talking about all week, which was wise, because so many moms have been shouting out to me, so many kids that are fluid. They are a generation where they don’t want to be put in a box, they didn’t want to be labeled, and for me as a parent I’m just happy, and proud, that I’m the kind of parent that…I just want to be the kind of parent that she can feel comfortable even coming to, to talk to about sexuality. I came up in a time where I didn’t even feel comfortable talking to my mom about sex.”
Bailey said she was surprised when Noelle told her the news.
“I was giving her the, ‘So any cute boys?’ and she was like, ‘Yeah, and some cute girls too’ and I was like, ‘Oh! Okay.’”
Bailey hopes that the candid conversation being aired inspires many parents to focus on making sure they their children are comfortable opening up to them.
“I think the more people see positive examples, the more we talk about it, the more it becomes more the norm, and not something that people go, “Oh what is that?” she said. “I think it’s better because again I’ve had so many moms reach out to me. I had no idea, I didn’t even know what fluid even meant, nobody told me.”