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Chely Wright -- She's Coming Out

5/2/2010 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the big "coming out" announcement planned for this week will be ... country star Chely Wright.

There's been a big buzz over the last week as to which celeb was announcing he/she was gay ... we knew it was going to be unveiled in PEOPLE mag next week.  But now TMZ knows for sure.

Wright has a book coming out this week as well -- it's called, "Like Me."  And she has a CD coming out too -- called "Lifted Off the Ground."

The 39-year-old singer scored a #1 country song back in 1999 with "Single White Female," when she was named Academy of Country Music new artist of the year.

Wright is the first major country artist ever to come out.  She has been romantically linked to a number of celebs, including Brad Paisley.

This is a big deal in the country world.  Chely is rolling the dice on her career ... it's unclear how traditionally-conservative country fans will react.

Interesting ... she lists Howard Bragman as her publicist, who was the mastermind behind the Chaz Bono story. 

Mystery solved.

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136.

lickity split    

like to smell her breath

1635 days ago
137.

HousewifeinPA    

who cares she is a noone now gay straight does not matter people are lucky if they remember who she is

1635 days ago
138.

darcy hill    

Ask K.D. Lang how it worked out for her career. Oh wait who's K.D. Lang.

1635 days ago
139.

tim    

Never heard of her. She is just coming out to try and sell a record. Who cares.



Marriage is between man and a women.

1635 days ago
140.

Jorge Consuelo    

I love Chely Wright, but the fact is she is a one hit wonder that from a decade ago and this does feel like a shameless publicity stunt. "The Metropolitan Hotel" her last album is amazing though, so you should check it out. She is really good, way better than most country singers, and so hopefully more people listen to her music now because she is great. Also, if you haven't heard of her, you now have and that is really the entire point of this whole story.

1635 days ago
141.

tatt2dmom    

She is an amazing singer. A cpl yrs ago after 911 she came out with a song called bumper of my suv. A song about people not respecting our military families. Who cares if she is gay. And she is not the first country singer to come out of the closet. YRS and YRS ago KD Lang came out of closet and it didnt hurt her carrer. Chely dosent really have much of one at least havent heard from her in a while but country music fans that like her will stick behind her.

1635 days ago
142.

Bobbette     

First off I want to say Chely is absolutely one of the sweetest and most caring individual's that I have ever had the honor of meeting. What a doll she is. I think the world of her and fully support her through any walk of life she is going through. I could care less about anyone's sexual orientation, we cannot choose who we love. Chely I am so proud of you, you are amazing and I support you 100 percent all the way.

1635 days ago
143.

tim in seattle    

One hit in 1999, and she's a BIG STAR? My rear end has farted more hits than that in that timespan. If she's a big star then Dexy's midnight runners must be the greatest group of all time!!!

1635 days ago
144.

Jason Chambers    

Get her in one of her country bar hangouts with the late-20-early-30 somethings, and she'll be running back to the meat stick like the cougar that she now is.

1635 days ago
145.

Rich    

I just wanna watch!!!!!!!!!!

1635 days ago
146.

brian    

I love the vote choices. Support or It's over. She only had one real hit out of a few single releases. I'd say it's been over. Her business either way so who gives a damn?!

1635 days ago
147.

donna    

A one hit wonder so she has to do this to get attention.

1635 days ago
148.

trina    

Who is this, and why should we care?

1635 days ago
149.

Dave    

Good for her-whoever the hell she is. With the sad state of country music anymore (if you can call that swill country music)she may even get a date with Ellen on the next CMA awards.

1635 days ago
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damie    

When is Ryan Seacrest going to anconie that he is gay and come out of closet.

1635 days ago
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