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Recent pictures of Stephanie Seymour frolicking on the beaches of St. Barts with her children have ignited a media firestorm. Photos of the supermodel mom kissing her 18-year-old son Peter Brant II on the mouth as they intimately embrace have led to buzz suggesting the two have an incestuous relationship. But don’t believe the hype — Peter has taken to his Facebook page to defend the intimacy with his mom.

“I would just like to say that these 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 an manner that is intimate, any mother in the world does the same,” Peter wrote on his Facebook page.

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The socialite, who is Stephanie’s son with her billionaire hubby Peter Brant, said the “beach kiss scandal” has been “taken completely out of context.”

He also made reference to his sexuality.

“That day on the beach we walked around with each other completely aware of the presence of photographers there,” he continued. “We have nothing to hide and with that in mind I would like to say that I am openly gay. 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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To see the photos that launched hysteria, catch PopSugar’s gallery.

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