Stephanie Seymour and son photos: Inappropriate or sweet?

Jan 12, 2011 at 8:11 p.m. ET

Stephanie Seymour and her son Peter Brant II were photographed in an intimate embrace during a recent vacation. Do these photos show an inappropriate relationship or are they just close?

Stephanie Seymour and son photos

Former supermodel Stephanie Seymour and son Peter Brant II were photographed in an intimate embrace while vacationing last week. Gossip website Gawker posted the questionable snaps and some now question whether or not Seymour and son are in some inappropriate relationship.

They're not, said Peter. He added that he's openly gay, hoping to squash any rumors about his mom.

I would just like to say that these pictures have been taken completely out of context, my mother and I are very close as she is with all her children," he said in a statement. "She often hugs and kisses me and my siblings in a manner that is intimate, any mother in the world does the same."

Seriously? It's really sad that some media will create such inappropriate gossip to get readers. They seem to forget that celebrities – and their children -- are people with emotions and reputations they need to protect.

Yes, celebrities ask for the fame, but their children don't. There's no reason why Seymour's son needed to defend himself to anyone other than his friends and family. He's not a celebrity or a public figure, at all.

The photos plainly show that the two are simply close. Much is being made out of nothing, much like the photos of Angelina Jolie and brother James Haven kissing at the Academy Awards ceremony in 2000. Sure, it might seem odd, but is it our place to judge?

On the other hand, the topic was one of the most-searched topics on Google today – showing that people are obviously interested in reading about this. So, it's likely intrusive behavior like this won't be ending anytime soon.

What do you think? Do you think the photos Stephanie Seymour and her son were gross or endearing?

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