Jesse Tyler Ferguson Says He’s Raising His Son Gay “Until He Decides He’s Straight”

‘Modern Family’ star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and producer husband Justin Mikita seem to be having fun as first-time parents.


During a virtual appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week, Ferguson spoke about what life has been like with the new addition to their own modern family last July.

“We're still figuring out his personality,” the actor said of 8-month-old Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita.

“It's a new person in your life, and just like anyone new that comes into your life, you've got to figure out if you like them,” Ferguson teased. “It takes a little bit of time.”

“He's a really sweet boy,” he said seriously, “and it's been a lot of fun."


Ferguson also told that he and Justin have been playing plenty of music to their son since he was a newborn.

"It's a lot of show tunes,” Ferguson said, “because that's what I like.”

"So we're raising him gay until he decides he's straight,” he joked.

On the way back from the hospital after Beckett was born, Ferguson said they played him Britney Spears songs.

“That was his first exposure to music,” Ferguson revealed.


When it comes to possibly expanding their family, the 45-year-old actor said that could be on the horizon sooner rather than later.

"It's never too soon, I guess,” he said. “It feels like we're in the thick of it right now. The idea of starting the process again is a little intimidating. But, you know, if we want to do another one, I'm 45, so tick-tock! We gotta get this going if we're doing another one!”

Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, she started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their two dogs Cosmo and Juno. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.

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