Why, hello there, Karter Payton!
Monday on Instagram, Khary Payton — known for playing King Ezekiel on “The Walking Dead” — introduced fans to his transgender son, who chose to spell his name with a “K,” as it resembles his father’s moniker.
“This my kid. One of the most happy, well-adjusted individuals I’ve ever known. My son, Karter. Karter with a K because it reminded him of my name. He chose it,” the 48-year-old actor wrote.
“You see, he was born female but has always identified as a boy. He thought it would be cool if I announced it on social media,” Khary —who has also appeared on “General Hospital” — added.
Though Khary warned Karter that people might make mean comments about the announcement, the young boy was not deterred!
“I told him that there would be so many supporters but also a lot of jerks who would be harsh. He said, ‘Yeah, I know about trolls, daddy. I can handle trolls.’”
“Man, there is nothing more beautiful than watching your child feel the joy of exploring what it means to be true to themselves. This is his journey, and I am here for it. I hope you all have the opportunity to feel the unquenchable love that I am feeling right now,” Khary concluded.
Stacy Reed Payton, Khary’s wife and Karter’s mom, also shared a touching message on her page.
“I am overjoyed to introduce you to my son, Karter. When he was born we thought he was a girl. We were mistaken. He is a boy. A smart, funny, brave, loving, magnificent boy. Karter is so confident in who he is and was thrilled for me to let everyone know that he’s finally living as his true self,” Stacy wrote last week.
“As a boy. As my son. As Karter. I am so incredibly proud of him and feel blessed every single day to be his mama,” she added.
Khary and Stacey also share daughter Mya.