Summer House is headed south for what is sure to be an emotional episode.
On Monday’s installment of the Bravo series, Stephen McGee heads back home to Alabama to talk to his parents, who he says are hyper conservative about his sexuality.
“My story with my parents, it was a journey that really did take all summer,” Stephen tells ET. “I went to Alabama … I kinda just had to say what I needed to say to my parents, which you know, is not easy. But it has to be done.”
On the show, Stephen has called his relationship with his parents “strained,” telling his housemates that his mom and dad do not accept him being gay. “I have to censor myself with my family,” he confessed to co-star Danielle Olivera. “Since I came out, I've never talked to them about it again.”
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In a teaser for Monday’s episode, Stephen tells his parents, “It's just hard for me, because I just feel like I can't tell you about a lot of my life.” Stephen says there was a definite sense of relief after he opened up to his family, but couldn’t really say whether things were better for everyone after the fact.
“I think that, for me, I'm in a different place,” he shares. “I'm in a better place ... I honestly don't know what answer I got from the conversation. I'm still confused about it. But I know that I, you know, expressed myself and at least now I can take the actions that I want to take, knowing that I gave them, like, full, like, I told them what I needed. I told them where I am, so I can move forward and feel good about whatever decisions I need to me.”
Tune into Summer House on Monday at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo to see the full conversation. For more on the show, check out the video and links below.