Country singer Chely Wright wasn’t in any rush to publicly discuss her sexuality.The famous American country music singer, is the latest artist that admit that is a gay.
“There had never, ever been a country music artist who had acknowledged his or her homosexuality,” she tells People.com. “I wasn’t going to be the first.” But now Wright is changing her tune. “Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out.”
Wright, 39, says: “Early in my life I went through what I think a lot of gay people go through, thinking that I could change and pray it away.”
Wright tells Access Hollywood she felt she was living a lie. Of her long-term relationship with fellow country music artist Brad Paisley who did not know she is gay, she says: “When I realized he was wanting forever with me…I could see the damage I was doing to him, and I cut him off completely, cold turkey.”
During her childhood in the South and rise to fame in the country music world, the singer faced obstacles when she realized that homosexuality wasn’t always accepted in her community.
“I hid everything for my music,” Wright says.
The 39-year-old musician, who was named the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist in 1999, is set to release her new memoir “Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer,” hits book shelves on Tuesday, the same day her new album, “Lifted off the Ground,” drops.