O.T. Genasis gave his son Genasis Flores a birthday shoutout on Instagram Monday, March 23, and many said they found it touching.
He did it next to a photo of him and Flores wearing matching shirts. Genasis’ shirt says “The Original” and his son’s has “The Remix” on it.
Genasis also brought up his son having autism in the message and said things are much different today compared to when he was born.
“Happy 10th birthday 🎂 🎁 🍰 Lil Gen … I was broke when I had you..Tryna figure life out runnin da streets. Being at my lowest point and having a child with Autism,” he wrote. “But it never tore me down. Now we best friends and our lives changed. I love you son #Mybestfriend #mydawg #myfirstborn.”
More than 1,900 comments were left under the photo and many were written by other parents of autistic children, who said they connected with Genasis’ message.
“Happy birthday enjoy,” one person wrote. “My son also has Autism it definitely is a struggle but worth every minute enjoy y’all day.”
“I have two babies with autism,” another person postef. “Your the sh– dad. Keep pressing period. Your doing wonderful.”
“Parents of children with Autism are so special 💙🙌🏾,” someone else stated.
Genasis has opened up before about being the parent of an autistic child, as in 2017 when he stopped by “The Breakfast Club.”
During that interview, he said he’s “big on autism awareness.” He also admitted that it took him some time to accept that his child was born autistic.
“It’s a neurology disorder in the brain so I got to make sure all the time that my son is straight,” he explained. “When they told me, it was kind of like I was in denial … You find yourself in denial, because you’re like, ‘That’s my child.’ “
On March 14, Genasis welcomed another son named Ace Flores with reality star Malika Haqq.