When news broke last week that a celeb was going to be coming out in this week's People, the Internet was abuzz with predictions, including Queen Latifah and Ryan Seacrest. However, this latest coming out isn't from the pop world's closet—it's from the country world's, where most fans didn't even know there was a closet. Singer/songwriter Chely Wright is the mystery star, who is the first major country artist to be openly gay since k.d. lang. (And it's really not accurate to think of k.d. as purely a country artist.) Celebrities On 2010's Gaydar
Chely's heartland audience never could have guessed that the singer of 1999's hit "Single White Female," in which Chely crooned that she was "looking for a man like you," was actually a lesbian. Especially since she had previously been romantically linked to Brad Paisley, with whom she co-wrote and performed the popular "Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife."
The People story will preface the release of Chely's memoirs, Like Me, as well as her new record, Lifted Off The Ground. While her revelation will no doubt shock her mostly conservative fanbase, at 39, Chely is done hiding who she is. Although she had to for a long time in order to make it in country music, she says that, "Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out." More Middle-Aged Women Coming Out As Lesbians
We wish Chely all the best. Girl's got real guts to come out to the C&W crowd.
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