Jenny McCarthy on having ‘the talk’ with her son: he thought sex was like foot rubs

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Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM hour-long weekly radio show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny premiered last night. When I first saw this article, I assumed Jenny shared this story on her talkshow, but that wasn’t the case. Jenny told this highly personal story to US Magazine about giving her son ‘the talk.’ She said that the subject came up when her son Evan, 12, saw a viral video of a woman giving birth (I think it’s this video, the key part around 6:30 is censored). Evan had a lot of questions and she had to clear up some misconceptions she’d given him.

When asked about her most recent parenting milestones, Donnie Wahlberg’s fiancée admitted: “I just had the birds and the bees talk.” The irreverent blonde went on to say it all happened after her son watched a viral video of a woman giving birth.
“He watched that recent video of that dad driving his wife to the hospital who was going to have a baby … She’s screaming bloody murder and he was like, ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?’ And I’m like, ‘This woman is having a baby.’ And he was so tortured by it that I had to sit down and give him the birds and the bees talk,” the Singled Out hostess recalled.

The talk couldn’t have waited much longer. “I kind of knew it was time because I accidentally told him … that sex was like feet rubs,” McCarthy explained. “And I looked on his iPad and there were 2,000 pics of foot rubs and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, he’s going to have a foot fetish for the rest of his life!’ So I just sat down and had the real heart-to-heart talk with him.”
The former MTV host, who is set to wed Blue Bloods star Wahlberg “soon,” admitted “it was difficult … but being the kind of single mom I’ve been, I’ve had to wear two hats and I’m proud to say that Evan will never be having sex for the rest of his life after my conversation,” she laughed.

So what exactly did she divulge to her son?

“I talked about kind of the physical part. I’m like, ‘You know how you’re talking about things happening?’ I’m like, ‘This is what your body is going to want to do and it’s normal but your body can’t yet because you’re too young,’ and he was horrified,” McCarthy said, “which is exactly what I wanted him to be but I can’t even imagine.”

The loving mom added she simply just wants her son to “always want that open discussion,” and to know “he can come to me with whatever he wants always and I will never get mad at him.”

[From US Magazine]

I don’t think 12 is too young to explain things to a kid. They’re going to hear about it and it’s better that you explain it to them, and that they know they can talk to you about it. What bothers me about this story is the fact that her son has an iPad with which he’s doing things she doesn’t know about. It sounds like she just lets her son use an iPad whenever, although she may have restrictions set on it. Given what she’s said about her son being able to “find worse things on the Internet” than just nude photos of her, I doubt it. You want to trust your kids but it takes 5 seconds to google, so I think it’s better to set it up so they’re safe. (Netnanny is good for personal computers.)

Also, this story is potentially mortifying to her son! Evan is going to really start googling soon, and he’ll realize that his mom told everyone he thought sex was like foot rubs. I wouldn’t even put something like that on Facebook because I think it’s too personal, but Jenny is famous because of her brash personality. She has different standards for TMI. I’m sure this isn’t the most embarrassing thing she’s done to her kid this week.

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Photos are from 2-20-14 (with Evan at an event), 12-1-13 (with Donnie Wahlberg) and 4-29-12 (out with Evan). Credit: and FameFlynet

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  1. Faye says:

    My feelings toward her for endangering children with the “no vaccination” thing aside, it is beyond my comprehension how easily this woman fame-whores out the most personal parts of her and her child’s life. Maybe her son didn’t need the whole world to know that? Yeesh. Boundaries, Jenny.

    • reddy says:

      I read “the irrelevant blonde” instead of “irreverent”….

      • Gigi says:

        Am I the only one who grinds my teeth every time I see an article where blonde hair HAS to be pointed out? It’s always “the bombshell blonde” or “the blonde comedian” or “the blonde singer” as if “blonde” is just as much a defining characteristic of the person as any other trait (witty, intelligent, friendly?). And it’s always with blondes! Like being blonde is the be-all, end-all, and absolutely needs to be highlighted in a story just as much as any other trait of the subject of discussion. Is blonde hair really this important or fetishized, that it ranks right up there with crucial details of a woman’s personality or accomplishments? And why not also point out “the blue-eyed actress” or “the straight-teethed writer”?

      • SW says:

        Lol, me too! I was thinking “wow, they really just cut out the bullsh!t!”

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Agree, Gigi, and said so on that Blonde Vegan thread a few days ago. It’s a hair color, not a character or personality trait. I don’t get it.

      • malina says:

        and me 🙂

  2. NewWester says:

    She is not my favorite celebrity, but Jenny seems to be a loving and caring mother,who does spend time with her child. Unlike some reality stars I will not name

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Completely violating your children’s privacy seems to be the trend right now. I bet he will feel really free to confide in her and ask her intimate questions now that he knows she’ll reveal his secrets in interviews and on her show. What is wrong with people?

    • Sixer says:


      Even on a messageboard like this, you wouldn’t embarrass your kids, would you? Sixlet Minor is home from school today and I just asked if I could regale everyone with the time I acquainted him with the facts of life. “I suppose so, if you must, but only if you call me Sixlet so nobody knows who I am. Why do you want to tell people anyway? What’s it got to do with them?”

      For the record: I think you tell them when they ask. And you give the information they’ve asked for: no more, no less. Mine got to know early because we have a large extended – fertile! – family and someone’s always pregnant. So the question occurred. In fact, they got to know early several times because they asked, I told them, they thought it was much less interesting than what was for dinner and promptly forgot again. Then someone else got pregnant and it occurred to ask again. On about the third go round, the penny fully dropped and Sixlet Minor said “That’s absolutely DISGUSTING and I can assure you that I will NEVER be doing THAT”.

      • Delta Juliet says:

        LOL My son is 10 and they just went thru sex ed near the end of the school year. He was MORTIFIED. His response was similar to Sixlet Minor: “That is weird, it sounds freaky, and I’m never doing it”. OK, sure!!! 😀

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree with you not to wait too long to explain things. My older brother by two years overheard a conversation about condoms when he was 7, and somehow he got the impression that the man took his penis off and handed it to the woman, who put it in her bellybutton. He reported this back to me, so for a couple of years I thought penises screwed on and off and my bellybutton was like a doorknob that I couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t open. I guessed I needed a penis to open it, but, luckily, I was too shy to ask for one. Eventually I got it all sorted out, but it wasn’t a very promising start.

      • Sixer says:

        Oh GNAT. That’s hilarious! Sorry!

        I can’t recall it exactly, but one of the first times I explained things to the Sixlets, they looked a bit blank. So I said, “You get that, right? You know what the daddy does and what the mummy does to get the baby?” One of them, I forget which, said something like “Yep. The mummy goes to the hospital to get the baby and the daddy goes to the shops to get everything it needs.” Total non sequitur – all I’d done was give a very brief, very straightforward description of intercourse. I tried not to laugh and changed the subject – clearly they’d asked the question, found the answer entirely boring, and failed to listen at all!

      • ol cranky says:

        I vaguely remember the “you put WHAT . . . .in WHERE??!?!!!” reaction

  4. paola says:

    I still remember when my mother sat me down for that talk. I was so embarrassed. And thinking of it now I still feel embarrassed!!! I just wanted to disappear forever and never grow up.

    • Erinn says:

      My mom took me to a course at the hospital when I was in 5th grade. Some other kids I went to school with were there as well. SO embarassing. But better than mom and dad talking – and it wasn’t like I was unaware that sex was a thing. I just didn’t know details, or health facts and things like that. The other people from school and I NEVER mentioned that we had this weekly course. As if it never happened lol.

      • Cora says:

        I remember getting “the Talk” from my mom (way back in the 70’s) and I hated every minute of it and couldn’t wait for it to be over. Years later, Mom told me that when she informed Dad that I now knew about the birds and the bees, he was mortified and said, “You didn’t tell her that I do that, did you?”. Ha ha ha! Oh Dad!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      My mom gave me a booklet about your period when I was 11 and said if I had any questions, she would be happy to answer them, then she beat it out of there like the house was on fire and we never spoke of it again. Lol.

  5. MrsBPitt says:

    “he can come to me for whatever he want always, and I will never get mad at him”….but I will tell everyone in the whole wide world! Her poor son!!!! Dear God, I can’t stand this chick!!!!

    • JudyK says:

      Just ditto. She never knows when to shut up.

      • kri says:

        She simply cannot be stopped, can she? Her mouth is made from extra parts from Optimus Prime.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      I can’t believe I did this but I just googled “Jenny McCarthy” to see what her son will find on his iPad. Foot rubs are the least of his problems. I hope he lives in a bubble.

  6. GiGi says:

    I think 12 is a bit old, really. My daughter had an entire semester of Reproductive Health this year when she was 10/11.

    At least she’s finally setting him straight? IDK. It’s a horrible overshare.

  7. AJ says:

    Did she really need to announce this to the world? Poor kid. 12 is such an awkward age and everything is embarrassing at that age already. I was mortified when my mom told my grandma that I had started wearing a bra, I can’t even imagine the humiliation of mom announcing to the world that we had the sex talk. Also, Jenny McCarthy’s son is 12??? When did that happen? Feeling old this morning…

  8. Tammy says:

    He’s 12, his mother is Jenny McCarthy & if he has an ipad….I’m sure he knows all about her. I don’t see how this is more embarrassing than seeing her nude photos or how she was dead wrong about vaccinations & curing her son of Autism.

  9. feebee says:

    I may be on the limb by myself but overall I’m amused by this.

    It’s kind of cute that he thought sex was like foot rubs – because that’s what SHE told him. Unless his school had a health or biology class where they went through all this, there are plenty of kids – even at 12 – who don’t actually talk to each other about such things, or if they do they’re probably comparing foot rubs to GNAT’s story above about detectable penises and nobody understanding how both ideas mesh.

    After laughing at the fact he had a whole lot of foot rub pics on his iPad I think Jenny got the message that her talk was overdue. Probably more overdue than most because of the whole foot rub red herring.

    • Judy says:

      I’m amused too. He’s fairly innocent for a 12 year old if he thought sex was a foot rub. My youngest son is 11 and has known about sex for years and years. I am the 4th of 8 kids and my big brother was the self appointed disperser of truth, so I never got the chance to even believe in Santa, Easter Bunny or the stork because he told us that it was bs before we even heard the myth. My mom had a home birth with my baby brother when I was 4 and my oldest brother gave us the play by play as he peeked. In our small town we saw dogs copulating and heard about the goings on at the house of the three single women down the street; so because of gossiping wives and daily observances sex was never a mystery. I think the birds and the bees talk is unique to city and suburban living in the western world. If you grow up on a farm or closer to nature you know about sex, no need for a sex talk.

  10. Candy Love says:

    Why is this person named Jenny McCarthy famous?

    Was she a “actress”, a singer, reality star, did she date someone famous, have a sex tape, get peed on by a famous person/relative of a famous person, sleep with a famous/rich person or marry a famous person.

    • J. says:

      She was a Playboy Playmate and the host of MTV’s Singled Out in the 90s.

      She married or at least consciously coupled with Jim Carrey at some point, which I guess extended her fame expiration date exponentially.

  11. Rachel says:

    To me this is awful. Just awful. How people can think this way is beyond me. He was horrified and will never want sex? Are you nuts lady?

    ” I’m proud to say that Evan will never be having sex for the rest of his life after my conversation,” she laughed.

    “and he was horrified,” McCarthy said, “which is exactly what I wanted him to be ”

    How about a healthy attitude towards sex? It’s a pleasurable and natural thing, best shared between loving partners. Not some awful thing you have negative feelings about until your hormones finally get the better of you and you have to cave to this evil thing you’ve been horrified by. Geez.