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When we first caught wind of Stephanie Seymour's latest vacation pictures, we wondered, Who's the new beau?

But after some investigation, we learned the strapping young male with his arms draped around 42-year-old Seymour's neck was none other than her 17-year-old son, Peter Brant.

Brant claims that "this whole beach kiss scandal" was a "malicious attack" and in a statement, the high school student said, "My mother and I are very close as she is with all her children. She often hugs and kisses me and my siblings in a manner that is intimate. Any mother in the world does the same. That day on the beach we walked around with each other completely aware of the presence of photographers there...We have nothing to hide and with that in mind I would like to say that I am openly gay. At my age my mother and I are almost like friends and I feel open to talk to her about anything (and yes, our relationship may be different because of my sexuality)."

In any case, his mother looks smoking in a bikini!

Brant adds that he and his family accept that the paparazzi exist and they try to ignore them. "We learn to accept that these photos may appear in the media but we do not appreciate speculation on our personal lives and any other hateful uninhibited opinions."