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article imageCountry singer Chely Wright latest celeb to come out as gay

By Andrew John     May 4, 2010 in Entertainment
The latest celebrity to come out as gay is country singer Chely Wright after weeks of buzz in the entertainment world. She’s also releasing a new album and her memoir today.
“There had never, ever been a country music artist who had acknowledged his or her homosexuality,” she tells People magazine. “I wasn’t going to be the first.” But now she has changed her mind.
“Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out,” she says.
Wright, who is 39, tells the magazine about her youth in the South: “I don’t have a memory in my life that doesn’t include the dream of making music.”
But she says that, during her childhood and rise to fame in the world of county music, she also experienced a community in which homosexuality was shunned. “I hid everything for my music.”
She’s due to appear on the USA’s Today show tomorrow to discuss her personal journey, according to People.
The New York Daily News reports that singer will release both her new album, Lifted off the Ground and her memoir, Like Me, today.
Write released her debut album in 1994, but she didn’t get her first Top 40 country hit, “Shut Up and Drive,” till 1997. She scored her first Number 1 single two years later with “Single White Female.”
White was named Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist in 1999, will be the first major country artist to come out says the News.
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