In person, Karamo is as kind and wise and inspiring as he is on the show (and his famous hugs make you feel like everything is going to be all right).
But Karamo’s journey might surprise many. In 2006, just two years after he appeared on The Real World: Philadelphia, Karamo came home to a subpoena for child support sitting on his Los Angeles doorstep. He was a single gay man just off a successful stint on a hit reality show, 25 years old, and—surprise!—a father. In shock, he learned that his first (and only) girlfriend had gotten pregnant when they were 15. (Shortly after, she moved away without telling him about the child.)
His son was 10. His name, Jason.
Karamo immediately flew to Houston where Jason was living with his mom (now a good friend) and fell in love with the boy. He plunged into fatherhood, and eventually, with the full cooperation of Jason’s mother (who had four other children), took custody of his child. Soon after, Karamo took full guardianship of Jason’s half brother Chris, too. In full parenting mode, Karamo stepped away from the spotlight to raise his sons.