Shahs of Sunset star Reza Farahan is sharing with his fans about what it was like growing up gay, and he explains that he didn't always feel accepted.
"When I was a kid, I literally remember being at home one day and thinking to myself that I had to live a lie for the rest of my life — that god made a mistake when he made me," Reza reveals on his Bravo video blog.
Reza remembers that he was 21 when his mom first asked him if he was gay. "I don't know how I did it, but I mustered up enough courage to say yes, and she was hysterical," he says, although she soon told him that she would love him no matter what.
"The only reason I wanted to be on reality show was to have an impact on someone's life," Reza says. "Someone from the Middle East who's at home, thinking no Middle Easterners can live out loud and be themselves — that's not true. Look at me!"
"Your family won't hate you, and if they do, it's still not a problem," he adds. "You can still have a life. You can go on and do wonderful things — it gets better, I promise."
We applaud Reza for sharing such a positive message and for being open about his own past.