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"I am obsessed with Beyoncé," he tells Out. "If I had a talk show, I'd go take a dance class with Beyoncé, sit on stage with her, learn her process. I met her a couple of times. She's very composed and calm, sweet and demure as a person. But when she gets on stage she's sexy and dynamic and on fire!"
When asked about his personal dancing skills compared to his fellow #RichKids cast members including Dorothy Wang and Jonny Drubel, EJ isn't afraid to tell the truth. "There's really no question about [it]," he says, "Because it's obviously me. End of story, point blank, period, thank you. It's a wrap."
So what does a #RichKid like to do aside from jetsetting, shopping, and continuing to build his fabulous purse collection? Museums and the opera, of course!
"I don't even have to understand what they're saying," EJ admits. "You just feel it. I'm just like, 'I don't know what you're talking about but, like, I can feel that somebody hurt you, child. Somebody fucked you over. But I can hear you girl—you sing. Sing, honey! Do it. Sing about it.'"
"I think you definitely need a core group," EJ says. "Any kid, regardless of their sexual orientation, is going to need that to grow and prosper and to ultimately become successful. A child who's different and faces a lot of discrimination and hardship is going to need twice that. If you're not getting that from home, I suggest you surround yourself with a strong support group of friends and older mentors, if they are available to you. Surround yourself with a lot of love, and let that be the funnel for your confidence."
The real secret of E.J.’s appeal? Underneath all that fierce, he really is a nice young man.