Ty Herndon inspired a fellow country musician to discuss his personal life, despite Nashville's notorious homophobic reputation. All Rights Reserved. Search form Search. Scroll To Top Country. To this day, country music remains one of the hardest genres for an out artist to work in.
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These chart toppers set aside their musical talents for a moment to take center stage for another reason: to come out of the closet. Frank Ocean's career was in the balance after he announced on his Twitter page that he was once madly in love with a boy. The budding star hadn't released a proper album before taking a risk that most celebrities save until well into success. British singer Mika came out in the September issue of Instinct Magazine. Ricky Martin's sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and was nominated for one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in Martin came out in in a heartfelt letter on his website. Clay Aiken, the former American Idol runner-up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star, confirmed longstanding rumors that he is gay in after an interview with Diane Sawyer.
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He writes: "time to be brave. I am taking a risk here in many ways, but really there is no choice but to be brave. To not tell this story is to let my soul die.
CNN -- There are plenty of country songs about how to be a man. One way is to face the music, and two country crooners did that on Thursday. Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His revelation inspired Gilman to do go public as well.