TLC Star speaks about spirits, LGBTQ youth, parents and “Angels Among Us”
By: Nicole Lashomb, Editor-in-Chief—
Rosie Cepero, the leading star of TLC’s “Angel’s Among Us” has an undeniably unique gift—the ability to communicate with our loved ones who have passed—more specifically, our guardian angels, as she refers to them. To skeptics, this may sound unfathomable, but to believers, miraculous. I’m a believer. It happened to me, right in the middle of this exclusive interview for The Rainbow Times when my dad made an entrance with specific messages unique to me—messages impossible for anyone else to know, other than those who knew him well and some that only I would understand.
This interview was unlike any other. The warmth and kindness of Rosie’s voice and calm demeanor was palpable to anyone listening. Love is a big part of her work, and that was more than apparent in how she conducted herself. Not only did I have the opportunity to connect with my guardian angel, something I have longed for during these last 6 years, but also received some well needed and unexpected guidance.
In this exclusive TRT interview, Rosie candidly discusses her gift in detail, and explains how and what she does for others with the support of her loving family, her husband George, and three sons Frankie, Georgie and Joey.
The Rainbow Times: How would you describe exactly what it is you are able to do?
Rosie Cepero: What I am able to do is bring comfort to the hearts of people who suffer with questions that are unanswered.
Q. Would you consider yourself a medium or do you describe yourself in a different way?
A. I always say that I am a spiritualist. A spiritualist is a person who works with spirit and we’re mediums. I always say I was born and raised a Catholic and I still practice the Catholic religion, but I’ve always considered myself a spiritualist. To me, connecting with angels, connecting with saints, connecting with what I do is more than that. It is about spirituality. It’s about teaching people faith. It’s about living a life of well-being … it’s your inner soul; it’s everything, the body, mind and spirit.
Q. That’s very important because many young and, not so young, members of our community find themselves ostracized from their respective churches, from parents, family members, friends, etc., and they don’t know where to turn to. Have you done readings with gay couples or gay people?
A. I embrace everyone, whether you’re gay, whether you’re straight, whether you’re white, black, Japanese, … to me, I just embrace everyone. So yes, I’ve had readings with gay couples, absolutely! Gay men, gay women … yes! I embrace everyone.
It’s true, [that] it’s not only about connecting them with their guardian angels, it’s about connecting with their souls to make them understand that it’s ok … it’s who you are, not what others want you to be. I help them to come out of their own shell that they need to be born. It’s ok to come out; to speak about who you are.
A lot of kids that I’ve helped have come to me because I’ve been doing this my whole life—I’ve connected with a lot of young people who are afraid to say that “I’m gay.” I speak with them and I let them know that it’s ok. Be who you are. It’s at a spiritual level; it’s at a different level.
My son Frankie, he’s gay, so I know what it’s like as a child to be bullied, you know? And, it really comes from the parents because some parents are really ignorant. People don’t understand what it’s like to be gay. And, the parents, instead of helping their children, they shut them down. Shame on them! Shame on the parents that are not there to hold their child’s hand and be their protector because as their parent, you are here to protect them. You know?
Q. You come from a lineage of women who have been blessed with this gift. Did you grow up and watch them connect people with their guardian angels or is this something that you decided to branch out and do on your own?
A. My grandmother would sit with people all the time. I watched her, she was also a healer. She would connect amazingly with angels and was such a devout Catholic and my mom was the same way. Miracles have happened in our family generation after generation because of faith. Because faith will move mountains … Have faith in your core and anything you want in life will happen.
My mom and grandmother always told me, speak the truth, have your faith and integrity and you will be amazing. I was raised that way. Have faith and be who you are, be strong.
Today, it’s about spirituality. It’s about connecting with God and all the angels and saints so people are a lot more open to this now than they were back then. When I was a little girl and in the supermarket with my “mommy,” she told me not to talk too much because people in the 60s would have considered us nutty, you know?
For me, it’s all about healing, I love to heal. That is very important to me and I’ve raised my boys the same way.
Q. Do any of your boys have the gift?
All three of them have the gift. Two of them use it for themselves, but Frankie is more like the therapist. He’s there to help everyone. Frankie is more open to it.
Q. What do you say to skeptics that have a guardian angel with a message to give them?
A. Well, everyone has an opinion. I’m not the type of person to argue with anyone so I really don’t. I just tell them to sit, relax, and if there is a connection at the end of the conversation, or the session, you’ll either embrace it, and I understand, or you won’t.
There’s not much I can say. They are individuals and they have an opinion. I go to group readings and 70 percent of the people are there open, they embrace all of this and of course, there is this 30 percent that have a block. They make faces, make noises, you know, but when they’re done, they’re all smiling; they give me a big hug. It’s hard for them to embrace the unknown.
You’re [also] always going to get that one person who is a skeptic but when they leave, they are believers. When we are done, I look at them, I hug them and I thank them for embracing this, this beautiful connection.
Q. How would you compare religion to spirituality?
A. I believe that there is one God and I embrace all religion.
Q. How does your family react to this gift?
A. My husband George is my best friend, he is my rock. I couldn’t ask for a better partner who understands me and believes in me and my gift. He knows that what I do is about bringing the gift of healing to someone’s heart and their soul. My children embrace me and my friends do too. But, my husband George, we’ve been married 33 years, together for 40 year, and he embraces everything.
Q. I read about a man who sent you a letter and he asked you to call him because he was lonely. You called him immediately to give him a message from his guardian angel. The next morning, his guardian angel thanked you. Can you tell us more about that?
A. I get lots of fan mail and I pray over all the letters I receive every day. That morning, I picked his letter that said “please, please, call me.” I heard spirit guide me to call him. All he wanted to do was talk because he was lonely, he wanted to say hello, and that he loved the show. So, I stayed on the phone and just felt in my heart, “oh my Gosh, he is so lonely.” We were on the phone for quite a while and immediately after 30-45 minutes on the phone, his best friend came through and gave him a message.
Q. Does this gift bring you peace? Do you consider your gift to always be good or can it be bad at times?
A: Sometimes when people don’t take a warning that a guardian angel gives to them, and they don’t take the advice in the warning, things happen. I just want them to listen because things can be prevented. And, people don’t have to miss out on things if they listened.
Q. I read about your cancer scare. We know your dad is your guardian angel. When people you love pass and become your guardian angels, do they keep their personality traits as spirit?
A. Oh, my God absolutely! We are who we are. The minute we are born, the minute we die and it’s as we are in spirit.
Q. Do they become a divine person?
A. All it is, a divine spirit, is a spirit that’s just passed. It doesn’t change who we are.
We curse every day, we pray, we joke and then all of a sudden we die. We are who we are and we are at peace and we’ll always be at peace. There’s no more cancer. There’s no more disease. But we are our personalities. It’s beautiful. I know who my dad is because when he came to me, [I recognized him], “it’s my dad, and it’s who he is!”
Q. Can you give a general or broad message to the gay community who may be feeling in despair or a loss of hope or suffering from depression? What would you say to them about their lives and their time here on earth?
A. I would say to everyone to look in the mirror, say you love yourself, be who you are and not what others want you to be, have faith, never give up, smile, smile. You have to have faith. You know faith is love.
Q. I read that you don’t charge for readings. Is that correct? And why is that?
A. When messages have to come through, I am compelled to give a message. It’s like my job. That’s what I have to do. If I am at the supermarket and I hear a message from somebody, am I going to stop someone and tell them “please give me $20 or I can’t give you a message from your mother?” I mean, how rude can that be? But, what I do is charge for travel, I ask the seminar [people] to pay for my stay, for my guest, for my time, because it takes away from my real estate, it takes away from doing work for my fundraiser, you know, I have Pink Faith*, it takes away from my own duties as a mother, as a wife; it takes away from my family. So, if I do group readings, I do charge. But, if it’s one-on-one, no I don’t charge. Or, if I am at the supermarket and a spontaneous reading happens, no I don’t charge. Now when I do events, like workshops, I do charge because I teach people how to connect and how to embrace this beautiful spiritual connection I have to them. I want everyone to know that angels exist—guardian angels exist. Divine spirits are here to help us, to guide us, to protect us, and they need to know why, why are they here.
Q. Lastly, what do you do with all those letters you receive from your fans?
A. I keep every single one.
If you are interested in getting to know Rosie, please tune in to TLC’s Angels Among Us, Sundays at 10 p.m. EST, or check out her website (www.rosiecepero.com/#), in which you can contact Rosie for a reading or book an event, follow Rosie via Facebook, Twitter, etc. To contact Rosie via regular mail, please send your letters to: Rosie Cepero, P.O. Box 88, Harpursville, NY 13787.
*Pink Faith is a non-profit organization founded by Rosie Cepero. According to its Facebook page, the organization helps breast cancer patients financially in their time of need.