Chiquis Rivera Shares Tear-Jerking Message In Support Of Brother Johnny Lopez Coming Out As Gay

Chiquis Rivera, Johnny López
Jenni Rivera's family was hit with a new scandal and Chiquis is giving all her support to her baby brother. Instagram

Johnny Rivera recently came out to the world after photos of himself with his boyfriend went viral on social media. Now, Chiquis Rivera is extending all her support to her baby brother and commending him for his bravery. "This kid has been one of the main reasons I'm still alive and standing," the eldest daughter of Jenni Rivera wrote in an Instagram post. "For 16 years he has been my little life companion. After Dec 9th when we lost our momma it was hard to wake up every morning, but I knew I had to. He needed me, and I needed him. We have been through a lot together since then but with grace of God we are still here #FirmeYSinTemor ... and today is no different!"

"My baby boy [Juan Ángel] you have been my biggest fan since I can remember, and today I am YOURS! Thank you for your love and support throughout all these years. I am so proud of the young man you are becoming and I know momma is too. You know why? Cuz [sic] you had the balls to tell YOUR truth in front of the world, knowing that some wouldn't agree and possibly bash you, but you did it anyways. You stood up for something you believe in. You spoke with honesty and respect. You defended the love for your partner and your family... and that takes courage! Especially at such a young age. You have a good head on your shoulders and I know you're gonna be okay...but just in case you drift off a lil I will be here to correct you when you're wrong, support you when you need it, and stand with you when no one else will. You are not alone! You are LOVED and you are IMPORTANT to this world! Sister has your back until it's my turn to graduate, and even then I won't leave you. I love you papas!!"

Earlier in the day, Johnny released a video where he admits to being in a gay relationship. "There’s been a lot said about me in the past few weeks," he said. "Things didn’t come out the way I wanted them to. It was a little bit of a mistake on my part, I wanted to make this video first and for everyone to understand me. My boyfriend, as you guys know, Joaquín… we both got a little too excited and he posted a few pictures of us and I retweeted them and they went viral and people started noticing that we were together. I am in a gay relationship right now and I am in love with this person."

He also said in the video: "I’ve been dealing with this part of myself for a long time now. Me and Joaquín -tomorrow is actually our 2 year anniversary- we’ve been back together for about 5 months now. We were split for about a year and a half and in that time I did experiment with girls and I tried different things here and there and I still don’t know my preference personally but I do know that I love this person a lot. Ive been in love with him for about two years now and I’m happy, I’m really happy, and it’s the happiest I’ve ever been."

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.