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Here's the deal: Kate Winslet is just awesome. She saves people from getting killed in house fires, she wins two Golden Globes at once, she's Leonardo DiCaprio's BFF, and she is teaching her children that it does not matter whether they are gay or straight.
Though her son Joe is only seven years old, he seems to have a pretty healthy understanding of something many adults still haven't quite grasped: some people are gay, and it's no biggie. In this month's V Magazine, Winslet reflects on her son's comments:
I like the diversity that my children are exposed to every day. I love the way their brains work. Joe turns to me the other day and says, ‘One day, I will have a girlfriend. But I might have a boyfriend. If I’m gay.’ He’s 7! And I said, ‘You might have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, darling.’ And he said, ‘Which would you prefer?’ And I said, ‘My love, that would be entirely up to you, and it doesn’t make any difference to me.’ But that he knows! It’s a real privilege. Talk about the best education.”
Good on Kate for instilling such strong values in her children. Also, the fact that her son speaks like an elegant and charming adult makes me like him and his famous mother even more than I already do. How utterly British and endearing. When I have children, not only am I going to demand they understand equality, but also that they watch plenty of Kate Winslet movies and speak with an inherent class.