Nineties country music singer Ty Herndon has come out publicly as gay. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET), the singer put the rumors to rest after hiding it for the two decades he has been a country singer.
“I’ve dreamed about being in country music since I was six years old,” Herndon tells ET in a new sit-down airing Thursday (Nov 20th). “It’s my life, it’s what I do, it’s who I am, and I went to great lengths to cover up that fact to be to be a country star.”
Herndon, who has two ex-wives, says many of those close to him knew his secret, but he asked for them not to discuss it.
“I had a lot of people around me that I trusted at a time and I was like,’Hey, you know this about me but the world doesn’t. So I’m gonna need to call on your services for a little while,'” he confessed. “It was unfortunate that I had to do that, but I felt that’s what I had to do to have my career. Standing on some pretty solid legs today, so I get to tell my truth today.”
Rumor’s surrounding Herndon’s sexuality date back to 1995, the year he released his debut album What Mattered Most, when an undercover police officer accused Herndon of exposing himself in a park.
“It’s my life, it’s what I do, it’s who I am, and I went to great lengths to cover up that fact to be to be a country star.”
“I wish I had really great recall or memory about that,” Herndon said of the allegation. “I think I had been up for like six days doing drugs the night and the day was really a huge blur for me.”
Herndon states he is happy and hoping to get married and have kids one day.
“I have an awesome relationship that I’ve been in for a good number of years,” Herndon states. “[I] love him very much and he loves me.”
Herndon has charted 17 singles, three of which have gone to number one. Herndon’s most recent album, Lies I Told Myself, was released in 2013.
Herndon is the second country star to come out. In 2010, Chely Wright revealed that she was gay.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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