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With the support of Gary and her aunt, Ebony told her mother, Belinda, and her father, J.D., about her past. "Nobody else is going to accept me, so I need you guys," she says. After hearing what his daughter has to say, J.D. says, "Well, I'm always going to accept you."

At first, Belinda has difficulty accepting what Ebony has told her. Gary says it is fine for parents and children to disagree. "That does not mean that you can't accept it and love them no matter what choice they make for themselves," he says. "She can know that it's not okay and it's not cool with you, but that does not mean that you can't say, 'I love you. I accept you.'"

Belinda says Gary is right—even though she still doesn't condone Ebony's actions. She says to Ebony, "But I'm going to still love you because I do believe that things do happen for a reason. So I'm going to be there if you need to talk to me for whatever reason, because I won't want you to take the same road again. I'm not going to lose you just because this is the path you chose to take. And I love you too much for that."
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FROM: Children of Divorce Reveal Their Secret Thoughts
Published on January 01, 2006

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