In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine, Michael Strahan opened up to reporters about what it’s like to be a parent in the era of Black Lives Matter and police shootings.
“I’m very fortunate to have kids who love each other and they love me and I love them back,” Strahan said.
When asked what’s most important to the “Good Morning America” host as his kids get older, he talked about wanting his children to enjoy their time on this planet while they have it.
“I want my kids to be kids. Even my adult kids — I want them to be kids,” he continued. “My relationship with them is fun […] it’s all about what you have right now because you never know what’s going to happen.”
When the interview pivoted to address recent civil unrest and the Black Lives Matter movement, Strahan directly referenced his own kids.
“The climate seems to be scarier than it ever was […] I think it’s shocking for a lot of people,” he replied. “My older ones, they drive, they’re on their own and it seems scary because they could be one of these kids in these situations.”
The former “Live!” talk show host explained that he wants his children to respond if they are ever stopped by a police officer.
“If you’re in a situation with a police officer, if he tells you to do something, just do it, it’s not worth it,” he said.
Strahan left reporters with this:
You’re not trying to prove a point because, as they say, when you’re arguing and fighting with somebody, nobody can tell you who’s right and who’s wrong. I just think you have to be very careful and accountable because one bad choice, and one split second decision can change or alter your life or end your life. I don’t want that for my kids, I don’t want that for anybody’s kids. That’s been the hard thing to watch. That’s probably the worse thing you can go through on this planet, on earth, is to lose a child.