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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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1599 days ago


This is good for country music. Not the most tolerant industry in the world.

1599 days ago


HUH? who the hell is this??? seem's this so called celeb is only coming out because she need's attention to be famous, because no one know's who the hell she is now. btw who cares

1599 days ago


She hasn't had a hit song in 10 years. Who cares?

1599 days ago


Hmmm never heard of her however, She is not the first female to come out in Country. What about K. D. Lang? She dated one of the actresses on "THE L Word" right?

1599 days ago


For some reason, when a "celebrity" feels the need to let everyone know they are gay it is considered news.
When will it be news worthy when people come out saying they are heterosexual?
Those who choose to be gay, homosexual, lesbian whatever they choose to call it, for some reason believe it is news worthy. Bottom line- you don't care about my sex life, why should I care about yours?

1599 days ago


Who cares

1599 days ago


Chely hasn't had a country hit since the 1990s. She doesn't live in Nashville and doens't make country records anymore. Hardly a "Major" star.

1599 days ago

Rich Monk    

Nothing like intolerant religion to show you who to hate for the love of God.

1599 days ago

Allie Davis    

We were so happy together. Why did you have to go? Come back.

1599 days ago


I have no doubt she is gay but, I also think the timing is very opportunistic. Coming out of the closet these days means lots of publicity which I am sure helps the sale of her new cd. The media love all things gay so, I am sure she will get tons of traction for coming out... but, the truth is she is non-existant in country music.. hardly a big star. Without her big announcement chances are the new cd would have faded away with hardly a notice. I personally think it seems she is using her sexuality to sell records.

Everyone in the entertainment industry is gay it seems. Why not just have everyone come out of the closet and be done with it? If you listed all of the gay and bi celebrities you would have a very long list indeed.. it would be much easier to make a list of those who are totally heterosexual.. that list would be quite short I am sure.
Personally, I do not want to know about celebrities sex lives. I don't care and I certainly do not care about Chely Wright.

1599 days ago


i think this is awesome, who cares if many haven't heard of her, it matters to those that are her fans, and anyone who is dealing with this, and for open mindedness everywhere. congrats chely

1599 days ago


When is Jennifer Nettles going to come out?

1599 days ago


very nice lady. met her many times at different events. talented, gay or straight. wish her good luck.

1599 days ago


I like country music and know of some performarce but, never heard of her, but, good for her if she is coming out, everyone has the right to be happy

1599 days ago
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