Chely Wright Comes Out!

Yesterday morning, country music star Chely Wright announced that she is gay, making her the first major country music star to publicly come out.  In an exclusive interview with People, Wright discussed why she waited so long to go public with the news.

“There had never, ever been a country music artist who had acknowledged his or her homosexuality.” she said. “I wasn’t going to be the first.” So what changed her mind? “Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out.”

Wright, whose debut album was released in 1994, says she has directed her entire life around becoming a musician and states in the interview “I hid everything for my music.”

So far there has been no word from Nashville on the news (however they are in the midst of an emergency situation experiencing record flooding), and nothing yet from Chely’s fans, but we guess that she will have a ton of support. Of course there will always be haters, but we think that she has essentially paved the way for more country stars to come forward with their gay pride.

You can see more about Chely Wright on Wednesday when she is set to appear on NBC’s The Today Show, and this week she will also be releasing her first album in five years, entitiled Lifted Off The Ground. She will also be releasing her memoir, Like Me, this week.

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