Country singer Chely Wright (39) has revealed her big secret to the public on May 3, 2010. Chely Wright is a lesbian. She has apparently shunned this secret to the public due to the music field she has chosen to sing in, which is the country music field. Chely Wright told People magazine, “she is gay and that nothing in her life has been more magical than the moment she decided to reveal her sexuality,” according to an article at huffingtonpost.com. Apparently she has had to hide her sexuality in her music.
Chely Wright has made six albums that were released to the public. The most popular album is “Shut Up and Drive.”
According to an article from USA TODAY, there has never been a country music star who has ever actually said that they were gay and Chely Wright is definitely a first. She told People magazine that she had not planned on being the first but eventually decided to come out.
A week before Chely decided to come out and tell everyone she was gay People magazine announced that a star was going to reveal their sexual orientation (being gay) in the next issue, and true to their word, Chely decided to tell America her big secret.
Chely told People that she felt that earlier in her life she thought that she could pray and change the way that she felt but could not and decided to finally tell everyone after trying to hide it after so many years. Chely told Access Hollywood that she believed she was “living a lie” and that when she realized that Brad Paisley as showing a marriage-type interest in her she felt like she could not hid her secret any longer and immediately stopped seeing him. Apparently, this is not the only man she had seen either and this announcement really raised some eyebrows. According to an article from the Examiner, it is not uncommon for the record label to cover up the fact that one of their singer’s are gay in order to prevent controversies and they may even try to arrange dates in order for the celebrity to remain “normal” in America’s eyes.
Chely Wright has an album and a book to be released this week, the book is called “Like Me” and the album is titled “Lifted Off the Ground”. She is a very talented artist and it is not really clear how her conservative fans will feel about her “coming out of the closet”.
There are many other singers who have decided to come out and say that they are gay or bi-sexual, some include David Bowie (bi-sexual) and Lindsay Lohan, but this is definitely a first for country singers and it may affect her career.
My big question is how are her die-hard country fans going to handle this? Will they still want to listen to her or will they feel that her music is not what they thought it was any more? Many conservative listeners are not for gays and may not find her so appealing anymore. I also wonder if this will lead more country singers to come out with their sexuality? Maybe this is all it will take for them to be able to step up and reveal what they may have been hiding for many years, if Chely had the confidence to, then why can’t they?