Television Host Karamo Brown Family Life and Background

By Ankit Karki | 1 June 2023 11:16 AM

Karamo and partner Carlos arrive at the Grammy Awards in 2022
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Karamo Brown family includes his partner Carlos Mebel and two sons named Chris and Jason Brown. Karamo is close to his mother Charmaine and sisters too.

The DWTS star first came to prominence via the MTV show The Real World: Philadelphia in 2004. In the following years, he appeared in shows like The Challenge, Bethenny, Pop Trigger, and The Young Turks.

Brown found mainstream success as a culture expert in the hit Netflix series, Queer Eye. He shared the screen in the show with reality stars like Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, and Carson Kressley.

Besides Queer Eye, Karamo has been a part of popular TV shows like Karamo, Dancing with the Stars, The Next: 15, Raven's Home, and more. 

In recent years, he has also emerged as a children's book author and an advocate against drug addiction.

He often uses his personal experiences to raise awareness in the community and drive the youth toward a better future.

Karamo has published four LGBTQ-friendly books to date, namely "Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope," "I Am Okay to Feel," "I Am Perfectly Balanced," and "Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life."

Karamo Wants To Get Married Soon

Karamo Brown wedding could be sooner than everyone expected. The Queer Eye star is excited to get married to his partner Carlos Mebel.

Brown has been in a relationship with Mebel for nearly two years. The couple started dating nearly six months after the TV personality broke off his engagement with Ian Jordan in 2020. Karamo and Jordan were dating for nine years and engaged for two years at the time of their split in the summer of 2020.

Karamo shares Sunday morning vibes with partner Carlos in 2021
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Soon after his break up with Ian, Karamo befriended Carlos and the two eventually started dating. He opened up about his relationship with the professional photographer during an interview with Page Six.

The I Am Okay to Feel author expressed that things were going great with Mebel. He also mentioned that he was ready to exchange his matrimonial vows as his "biological clock" was ticking. Brown opened up about dropping subtle hints but said he didn't want to pressure his partner into getting married.

Carlos Is A Photographer

Karamo Brown husband to be Carlos Medel is a Los Angeles-based photographer. Carlos also works as a photo retoucher, fashion coordinator, and art director.

Primarily based in West Hollywood, Medel is affiliated with the fashion photography brand Chile Bravo. He regularly teams up with fashion brands and models to create beautiful artistic pictures.

Carlos has Degree in Communication Media from Universidad Cuauhtémoc in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Likewise, he has also completed courses in Digital retouching, Lighting, Fashion Photography, and High-End Retouching.

The 29-year-old has over eight years of experience working as a professional photo retoucher and photographer. Throughout his career, Medel was worked for several national and international brands like Marie Claire, Women's Health, Men's Health, Esquire, Sport Life, Flesh Magazine, Open, and more.

Carlos and Brown at the sets of the Karamo show in 2022
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Carlos is available on Instagram under the username @carlosmdlphoto. He has 47.9K followers on the social networking platform. To explore his photography, follow the official Instagram page of Chile Bravo Productora.

Brown Is A Father Of Two

Karamo Brown kids are his two sons Jason Brown and Christian Brown. Jason is 26 years old, whereas Christian is 22.

Karamo wasn't aware that he was a father until his son turned 10 years old. The Real World star, who came out at the age of 16, had last dated a girlfriend when he was 15 in high school. His baby mama got pregnant and moved away but didn't inform him of the child. 

10 years after his son Jason was born, Brown received a child support subpoena. After finding out he had a son, Karamo became excited, confused, and angry at the same time.

He was initially enraged at his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Brooks for hiding the fact for 10 years but came to the understanding that the decision to do so was influenced by the adults in her life.

[L-R] Karamo, Christian, Stephanie, and Jason Brown in 2018
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Karamo immediately reached out to Stephanie and the two came to an agreement to raise their child together. He later got custody of his young son in consultation with his baby mother.

Further, the author also realized that Jason also had a half-brother named Christian from his mother's side. To keep the family from splitting, Brown decided to take legal guardianship and adopt the child. Christian, also known as Chris, was nine years old when Kamaro legally adopted him in 2011.

Jason Is A Young Actor And Author

Jason "Rachel" Brown is an aspiring actor and children's book author. He attended the University of California to study dramatic and comedic acting.

Karamo and his son have co-authored two books titled I Am Okay to Feel and I Am Perfectly Designed.

Jason identifies an pansexual and is currently in a relationship with a model named Kyla Lockette.

Brown Has Three Elder Sisters

Karamo Brown siblings are Safiya Brown, Kamillah Brown, and Nedra Brown. Karamo grew up with his three sisters in Coral Springs, Florida.

Karamo is the youngest of the four and grew up under his sisters' love and care. The 42-year-old describes his three sisters as smart, empathetic, and intelligent women who help him become the man he is today.

Nedra Brown

Nedra Brown dining at the Itran Moroccan Restaurant in Abu Dhabi
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Karamo Brown sister Nedra completed her Bachelor of Arts at Texas Southern University in 1998. She received her Master of Arts degree in 2000 and her Master of Education degree in 2007.

Kamilah Brown

Kamilah hanging out at a pub in 2016
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Kamilah Brown is a pharmacist by profession. She has been working for ExperienceCare Specialty Pharmacy since 2011.

Before joining her current place of employment, Brown was a pharmacist at Walgreens.

Kamilah attended Westfield High School in Harris County, Texas, from 1989 to 1993. In 1994, she joined Texas Southern University to study Pharmacy and eventually graduated in 2000.

Karamo Is The Son Of Jamaican Immigrants

Karamo Brown parents are his mother Charmaine Brown and his Jamaican father. The actor's dad and mom are Jamaican immigrants who initially settled in Houston, Texas.

The 42-year-old came out to his father when he was 17 years old. His conservative dad didn't take his son's sexuality and the two became estranged from each other. It took over 10 years for Karamo and his dad to reunite.

After coming to terms with his homophobia, Brown's father reached out to him and apologized for cutting him off. Queer Eye later helped him understand the perspective of people from minority communities.

The two watched season six of Queer Eye during a vacation. Angel Flores, a trans-athlete, was featured in the second episode. After the episode ended, Kamaro's dad opened up about finally understanding how wrong he was. He further mentioned that, like Angel, his son also deserved to be loved and respected. 

Later in 2019, Karamo dedicated one of his dance performances at Dancing with the Stars to his dad. He also invited his Caribbean dad to California to watch him perform live.

On the other hand, Brown's mother Charmaine has been supportive of his sexuality ever since he came out.

The Queer Eye star revealed during a session with Steve Harvey that his parents had split after going through a dysfunctional marriage for years. He also added that his mom was single and ready to find a new partner.