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Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out as Gay

Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out as Gay

Country music singer Ty Herndon just came out as gay in a powerful interview.

“I’m an out, proud and happy gay man,” the 51-year-old singer told People magazine in an interview. “I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. They’ve been my mistakes, and I own them. I’ve done a lot of work around forgiveness with people that I’ve hurt and people I’ve not been honest with because of my sexuality.”

“I was 10, sitting in church and horrified that I might be a homosexual. Whatever that word meant, I knew that I probably was one. And I know there’s a lot of those kids still out there. Telling my story is an opportunity to help just one of them,” Ty added. “They can be loved by God, they can be married one day, they can have a family, they can give their parents grandkids. And they’re not broken, they’re not sinners and they’re perfectly beautiful.”

Ty adds that his longtime partner Matt helped him come out throughout the years.

“I just want to show up for the causes that I believe in. And be able to walk down the street and hold this man’s hand that will be my husband one day, and I know we’ll have kids one day,” he adds. Read his entire interview over at People.

Ty has released multiple records since becoming a well-known country icon in the 90s, and has tons of singles to his name. Below is a gallery of pictures of Ty throughout the years.

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  • Matt

    oh. at first glance i thought it was Luke Bryan because I always thought he looked or was.

  • Lisa Patterson

    Its a shame that we live in a world where someone’s sexuality is what tends to define them as person. I have been a FAN of Ty’s since 1995 and I will always be. His voice touches my soul. Ty is an amazing vocalist. Perhaps people should focus on his talent and not who he chooses to share his life with.

  • coppersam

    His recollection of sitting in church horrified about the possibility of being gay is so heartbreaking. I remember when I was around 14 I cried and prayed every night “Please God, don’t let me be gay.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. This, to me, is the best proof that being gay is not a choice. I just hope that one day we can get to the point that young gay kids don’t feel terrified of being who they are and/or feel the need to beg God to just please let them be “normal.”