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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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196.

Benny Barnes    

I'm embarrassed for Chely and hope she gets the professional help she needs for her immoral lifestyle.



No longer a fan!



1597 days ago
197.

Iggy    

Love her music, but "star"? Nope. She used to have a decent following, but has tailed off.

1597 days ago
198.

hewasaconstant    

Chely has been a very very successful artist in the Country Music world ever since her break out hit, she often writes songs for other major country artists and has had major hits since "single white female" being "Never Love You Enough" and "Jezebel". I personally love her and support her pioneering efforts. The entire world is slowly but surely becoming more comfortable with the gay/lesbian community why shouldn't the country music scene? They need to catch up! Go Chely! Keep writing great music and you should have no problem staying relevant.

1597 days ago
199.

joy    

WHAT? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

1597 days ago
200.

Lawrence Mainlente    

The first country singer to come out of the closet? Has everyone forgotten about K.D. Lang???

1597 days ago
201.

William    

Does anyone of us have a choice as to what sex turns us on or who we do & don't fall in love with? I Don't Think So!



Who or how she loves / has sex w isn't really any of my or your business! She's a country music singer & on THAT & only That I will judge her!

1597 days ago
202.

Ma    

You are beautiful, talented, now you are a waist. Nothing Country about you. You need your head cut off.

1597 days ago
203.

Aza    

QUOTED: Wright is the first major country artist ever to come out.



You are ignoring k.d. lang, a top country recording artist who has been out for almost her entire career, both as a lesbian and anti-beef activist (which of course has endeared her to both country AND western fans).

1597 days ago
204.

Jami    

Well, I know who Chely is. She is one of the kindest country music stars out there. If she is gay, so be it. It doesn't change that she is a talented singer songwriter and is a very giving person. Her foundation Reading, Writing, and Rhythm has helped provide musical instruments to many schoolchildren.

1597 days ago
205.

john    

Why does it seem the stars that suddenly admit they are gay are the ones that have been out of the spot light for a while. It is like it is a stunt to get the attention they no longer have.Now if the gay lifr doesnt pan out for her is she going to pull a oh wait now I am a hetrosexual once again

1597 days ago
206.

Alix    

She is n't the 1st country star to come out of the closet. Does anyone remember K.D. Lang? Country, Gay and a vegetarian!

1597 days ago
207.

Marie    

If you don't care, why comment?

1597 days ago
208.

Voice of Reason    

Um....



ever hear of kd lang?



Yeah. You might want to fact check your claims once in a while. It helps.

1597 days ago
209.

Westside    

Yikes! my guess was that it would be Dolly P.



First Country music star - I am being told that k.d. Lang, Lisa Marie Presley and Olivia Newton-J have already been there, done that.

1597 days ago
210.

Larry    

Is nonsense and goofy when lesbians and gays publicly make public announcements of their sexuality.Heterosexuals don't do public announcements of their sexuality.Perhaps homosexuals make public announments of their homosexuality to wanting to promote homosexuality or themselfs.Hey,Taylor Swift is a heterosexual.Regardless-all same sex-sex is not natural also morally and Spiritually wrong!.

1597 days ago
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