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T.J. Osborne Explains Why It Was the 'Perfect Time' For Him to Come Out as Gay

T.J. Osborne is opening up about his decision to come out as a gay.

After publicly revealing his sexuality, the 36-year-old lead singer Brothers Osborne appeared on The Ellen Show to explain why he felt it was the “perfect time” to come out.

“I was asked ‘why do you have to do this?’ and I wish I didn’t have to,” T.J. explained. “I kind of told myself for a long time ‘if everything is equal here and it’s not that big of a deal then why do I have to come out?’ And unfortunately it just isn’t that way.”

“And I got to this point where I knew there was never going to be a perfect time and honestly, now that I’m kind of behind it now – with coming out – it’s so wild to me to think that about the perfect time is always now,” T.J. continued. “I instantaneously felt like I should have done this a long time ago.”

T.J.‘s entire interview with Ellen airs on Thursday (February 4) at 3pm ET on NBC.

Country Star T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne Comes Out as Gay

Brothers Osborne‘s lead singer T.J. Osborne is coming out.

The 36-year-old singer-songwriter, who was already out to close friends and family, opened up publicly for the first time about his sexuality in an interview with Time.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Brothers Osborne

“I’m very comfortable being gay. I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange,” he explained.

“People will ask, ‘Why does this even need to be talked about?’ and personally, I agree with that. But for me to show up at an awards show with a man would be jaw-dropping to people. It wouldn’t be like, ‘Oh, cool!” he went on to say.

“I don’t think I’m going to get run off the stage in Chicago. But in a rural town playing a county fair? I’m curious how this will go.”

His brother, guitarist John Osborne, explained that he was emotional when his brother finally told him.

“He was very open and candid about it, and I was emotional, because my brother was finally able to be completely honest with me about who he was. How often, in life, do we hold back parts of ourselves and wish that we didn’t?” John said of T.J.

“If I had to have all my money and success erased for my brother to be truly fulfilled in life, I wouldn’t even think about it. Not for a second.”

The brothers made sure to make their music inclusive ever since T.J. came out to him, including their music video for “Stay a Little Longer,” which featured a gay couple. Their song “21 Summer” is also about a relationship T.J. had with a man, which wasn’t public until now.

“I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am. I mean, I am who I am, but I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling,” T.J. went on to say.

Another entertainer recently made headlines for coming out as part of the LGBTQ community.

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles & Kristian Bush Step Out for CMA Awards 2018

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush hit the red carpet as they arrive at the 2018 CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 14) in Nashville, Tenn.

The 44-year-old singer looked so glam in a sparkling, nude-colored gown while her Sugarland co-singer rocked a navy, velvet blazer and a fedora for the show.

Also stepping out for the show were Brother Osborne members TJ Osborne & John Osborne.

You can check out the full list of nominees here – Make sure you tune into the CMA Awards live on ABC right now!

FYI: Jennifer is wearing an Uel Camilo dress and APM Monaco jewelry.

10+ pictures inside of the country stars at the show…More Here! »

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