Chely Wright on her decision to come out: 'I won't be a whisper. I'm too proud of who I am.'

On Monday, country star Chely Wright (“Single White Female”) revealed on that she’s gay. Read the full post.

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  • Traci

    I’ve been a fan of Chely’s music and her philanthropy for years. “Never Love You Enough” was a fantastic record. “Metropolitan Hotel” was a departure from her past music, but introspective and for the most part well-written and beautifully done.
    “Lifted Off the Ground” is sophomoric, annoying nonsense she is trying to sell as “art” and as better than most country music. Sorry, Chely, but this doesn’t hold a candle to the artists you’re claiming to admire. The writing is just terrible.
    I don’t care whether she is straight or gay, except for the fact that she’s a coward. Revealing that she knew she was gay and was only half-heartedly in the romance with Brad Paisley IN A BOOK instead of having the courage and decency to call him and tell him the truth? Cowardly.
    Bashing John Rich in the book but using him to perform in her charity concerts in the past? Cowardly.
    And using her coming out to sell a book at the same time? Bad, bad stuff.
    She could have come out anytime in the past few years- especially since she hasn’t been played much on the radio in that time- but no. “Hey, I have a record but people aren’t paying much attention to me- this should do it.”
    I’m pleased she is being honest, but it is a little late.

    • Kay

      I agree with you on all points.

  • Batwomin

    Well done, Chely. You are a brave woman. I wasn’t a fan before, but as a fellow lesbian, I am now.

  • Soldier

    You go, Chely! You are a hero and a revolutionary. F*ck the haters! Your truth is your power and strength! And by no means are you or any other gay person, a sinner! The haters are!

  • ikoiko

    What she is doing, especially being a country singer, takes a lot of courage. However, I think it’s horrible that she used Brad Paisley to cover up her orientation, and not only wrote about how she cried after sex, but didn’t have the courtesy to talk to him before the book came out. Also, I keep thinking about the pain she’s causing her father by not telling him before the book and the People cover. I really believe that most people don’t choose their orientation, but you can choose to treat people honorably. I’m glad she’s admitting that she always knew because it seems unbelievable that someone could go their whole life and not know what turns them on. I get tired of hearing people act like they just woke up one day and realized they were gay.

  • Tony

    I love Chely Wright. And Whitney, too. They produced a first-class interview, better than what happened on Oprah, which seemed mostly humorless. This was much more revelatory, from John Rich’s well-established homophobia re-rearing its ugly head to Nashville going all Minnesota-nice on her and her charity. Aces all the way, ladies.

  • jjcww

    Great interview, Whitney, and Chely is so very articulate. It surely does not take a brain surgeon to understand why she felt forced to keep her secret all these years. If the Nashville music community, country fans, and society in general accepted gay people for the humans that they are, who feel and need the same things as everyone else instead of chastising and condemning them, she would not have had to hide the fact that she is gay. She IS the first country singer to come out. From the start, I think nearly everyone knew KT was a lesbian. A lot of people have a stereotypical idea of what a lesbian looks like and Chely is feminine. I think the Nashville community will freeze her out although I wish they would surprise everyone and just LOVE AND ACCEPT HER for the wonderful person she is and always has been. Now THAT would be the Christian thing to do!!


    I’ve got the greatest respect for you. You have proven to yourself what you believe in. It is not for us to judge you. I am also a lesbian and think that I am in the same boat that you were. I saw your interview with Oprah and I think that you were so brave and the way your father were committed to you and to stand by you that is stunning. Keep your head up and don’t let the people with bad feelings towards upset you. I SALUTE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dawn

    Coming out is not easy, I know however the people that you care about the most should not judge you and probably don’t. Your fans should like you for who you are because I’m almost positive that your music didn’t change and it is still as wonderful as always. Ignorance is not bliss it’s just stupid. I wish you all the best and please know there are alot of lesbians out here the have your back.

  • alan brookshire

    Just sing, God will decide your eternity. If God’s word says its a sin then its a sin. Its not for me or anyone else to judge according to his word, thats his business. His word says be united and love one another thats what we should focus on. Its wrong for people to use their professional status for religious or political gains. Please just sing.

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