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Terry Dubrow Opens Up About His and Heather’s Decision to Share Ace’s Story

The RHOC husband also discussed his and Heather’s approach to parenting.

By Allison Crist

Back in March, The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Heather Dubrow celebrated National Son’s Day by announcing that her and Dr. Terry Dubrow’s youngest child, Ace, is transgender. Now, Terry is opening up about their decision to tell a part of Ace’s story, as well as sharing his advice for other parents. 

Terry and Heather Dubrow’s Hopes for Sharing a Piece of Ace’s Story

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“We hope that the message that we put out with our family helps those who are struggling in families that aren’t so supportive,” Terry told E! News on July 29, “and particularly in parts of the country where there’s a lot of pushback on living a person’s real life.”

Heather shared a similar sentiment in the days following her update on Ace’s life.

“Why now? As a mom, you know, you look at your kids, and all you want to do is protect them. That’s it. You want to protect them. You want to put helmets on them. You want to wrap them in bubble wrap, and just pray that nothing ever hurts them physically, or emotionally. And, of course, that’s what I want to do with my kids,” she explained on her podcast in March. “My son has been in the public eye since he was 9 months old, and as much as we want to protect him — that is our No. 1 priority and our No. 1 goal — for a variety of reasons… it became apparent that we needed to say something. What our goal was was to acknowledge who our incredible son is, and show how much we love and support our child.”

“We’re not hiding our son, but [we’re] trying to protect him from the world, as all parents want to do,” Heather concluded. “But we also had to balance that there are other people who want to tell your children’s stories for them.”

What’s more, Heather and Terry want Ace to “tell his own story,” but only “if he chooses to do so,” she wrote in her initial National Son’s Day post.

Heather Dubrow, Terry Dubrow, Maximillia Dubrow, Katarina Dubrow, Nicholas Dubrow, Ace Dubrow pose together.

Terry and Heather Dubrow’s Parenting Style

In Terry’s E! News interview, he also touched on his and Heather’s approach to their eldest daughter, Max, revealing that she’s bisexual, as well as their 16-year-old daughter, Kat, sharing that she’s a lesbian.

“Don’t judge, listen,” Terry said. “Don’t talk.” 

Most important, be sure to foster a “warm home environment that’s accepting and loving and supportive,” he added. “You’ve got to be very careful, because there’s a lot of hate out there. So you have to be very careful to envelop them in love and support.”

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