They’re heavily tattooed and in good physical shape. They’re black and they’re hip in a city where hip-hop is the definition of cool and connected. So when these two gay parents in Atlanta started posting family pictures on Instagram — two 20-something black guys with their three young children — they became sudden celebrities and lauded cultural icons of the LGBT community seeking to normalize the “new” family unit.
In fact, Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony became such celebrated icons of the same-sex normalization movement that they began to enjoy a taste of fame and fortune. Nikon, seeking to exploit the couple’s popularity and climb on board the progressive bandwagon of “inclusion,” reached out and made them and their kids the centerpiece of a new ad campaign promoting acceptance. They were portrayed as just another American family – “normal” and loving.
But that was before they hit a huge bump in their road to stardom — a bump that normal heterosexual couples with kids often hit.
The Daily Mail newspaper reports that Kordale and Kaleb — the “overnight sensations” of the “new normal” in family relationships — are going their separate ways. Just as their celebrity was born on Instagram, so, too, has their breakup reportedly been announced on the social media platform.
“…fans of the couple were blindsided when Caleb – who had previously gone by the spelling Kaleb – made a series of posts on Instagram, which have since been removed, including a long letter explaining that he was leaving Kordale, breaking off their engagement,” according to the article in the British newspaper.
In the midst of the ongoing controversy as well as the celebration in some quarters over the legal status of same-sex marriage across America, social media was abuzz with chatter about the announced plans for the gay couple’s wedding. The Daily Mail article notes that Kaleb “tweeted just last month that: ‘Next month we will start to plan our wedding!! im (sic) overexcited! #lovewins.” Apparently, though, in this case, love doesn’t win, as some undisclosed “disrespect” has the pair now disengaged.
The New York Post, which calls the ex-couple “America’s favorite gay dads on social media,” notes that Nikon has released a statement saying that the company was “aware of the news,” adding that they wish “the best to Kordale, Kaleb and their entire family. We were happy to have them participate in our campaign and there were no plans to extend marketing efforts with any of the featured participants.”
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