Busy Philipps announced on her podcast this week that her eldest child Birdie, 12, is gay and uses the pronouns they/them.The 41-year-old has been
Busy Philipps announced on her podcast this week that her eldest child Birdie, 12, is gay and uses the pronouns they/them.
The 41-year-old has been married to I Feel Pretty director Marc Silverstein since 2007 and along with Birdie they have a daughter called Cricket, seven.
While chatting on her podcast Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best the host explained that Birdie ‘told us at 10 years old’ and ‘obviously I knew that Birdie knew.’
Busy Philipps announced on her podcast this week that her eldest child Birdie, 12, is gay and uses the pronouns they/them
She said that: ‘I love that kid,’ and noted: ‘Also Bird said, I said: “You know Bird, I’ve been doing a bad job with the pronouns,” because Birdie said that they would like their pronouns to be they/them.’
Busy shared that ‘I haven’t been doing it and I’ve said because like I have this public persona and I want Birdie to be in control of their own narrative and not have to answer to anybody outside of our friends and family if they don’t want to.
‘And then Bird was like: “I don’t give a f***. You can talk about that I’m gay and out. You can talk about my pronouns. That would be cool with me. That’s great.”‘
Busy asked Birdie: ‘”Okay, I’m just, I’ll – I can talk about it on the podcast?” And Birdie was like: “Yeah, talk about it on the podcast, Mom.”‘
Family matters: The 41-year-old has been married to I Feel Pretty director Marc Silverstein since 2007 and along with Birdie they have a daughter called Cricket, seven
The proud mother said: ‘So Birdie, my out kid, prefers they/them. I f*** up sometimes but we’re, I’m trying my best at that too.’
She co-hosts the podcast with Cassie St. Onge – the showrunner of her short-lived E! talk show Busy Tonight – and Busy Tonight staff-writer Shantira Jackson.
During their episode they also had a discussion about Busy’s suggestion that society ‘just get rid of pronouns entirely. Why, why are we using them?’
Shantira, who identified herself as ‘queer,’ agreed and pointed out the ‘people who, they’re called genderf***s and they wanna go by it.’
Early in the episode Busy shared a heartrending story when Birdie told her: ‘I feel like I’m alive but I’m not really living, you know? And I just want the living part to start.’
The proud mother said: ‘And I got really emotional, because I said: “Well, first off, welcome to being my daughter. But I wanna say this to you, because I wish somebody would have said this to me. Like, this is living.
‘”You can’t wait for it to start. You can’t think, when I move to LA and I get that TV show, that will be – then my life will start.’ You can’t think” – that was what I thought, guys, that’s not what she’s thinking,’ she said to a laugh from her co-hosts.
Candor: Her latest revelation comes over a year after Busy shared that she nearly left her husband over her feeling she had ‘done it all’ with regards to raising the children
‘”You can’t think like, if only I can get to X, like then I’m gonna start living. If only I can get married or whatever, whatever it is that you have in your head, that that’s gonna be the marker, right? And I really under – I really, really get it, ’cause I always like lived my life waiting for the future, you know?”‘ Busy said, tearing up.
She also advised Birdie that ‘you get to build your life however the f*** you want to, and it doesn’t have to look like anything you’ve ever seen or anything that’s ever been modeled for you, because maybe it doesn’t exist, and you get to choose what will make you feel fulfilled and happy.’
Her latest revelation comes over a year after Busy shared that she nearly left her husband over her feeling she had ‘done it all’ with regards to raising the children.
However they managed to make the marriage work by apportioning more responsibilities to him, she told Harper’s Bazaar.