There's nothing quite like the bond between a mother and her son -- especially when it involves supermodel Stephanie Seymour and 17-year-old Peter Brant II.
The two raised eyebrows on January 7 when a bikini-clad Seymour, 42, was photographed canoodling with her son during a vacation in St. Barth's -- but Brant insists the "pictures have been taken completely out of context."
"My mother and I are very close as she is with all her children. She often hugs and kisses me and my siblings in a manner that is intimate. Any mother in the world does the same," Brant tells Gawker. "That day on the beach we walked around with each other completely aware of the presence of photographers there."
When the site first published the controversial photos, they asked the question: "How close is too close when it comes to mothers and sons?" But according to Brant -- who describes himself as a designer, art collector, socialite and model on his Facebook fan page -- there's nothing incestuous about their behavior.
"We have nothing to hide and with that in mind I would like to say that I am openly gay," Brant says. "At my age my mother and I are almost like friends and I feel open to talk to her about anything (and yes, our relationship may be different because of my sexuality)."
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