TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

246 COMMENTS

No Avatar
16.

S    

*cough* The term "celebrity" is thrown around too loosely these days.

1534 days ago
17.

There's a problem here    

Who cares?

1534 days ago
18.

erka10    

oh well, so much for that excitement. Maybe this will help out in the country world for acceptance..... Great ploy for her to get attention though.

1534 days ago
19.

JLS    

Never heard of her lol. I wish her well though.

1534 days ago
20.

Moonflower    

I've never heard of her either, but if she had a hit in the 90's, she's probably run out of money and this is the perfect way to make some. Or it would be if anyone knew who she was.

1534 days ago
21.

Kathy    

I've never heard of her. It seems like the only real celebs. that come out are people that eveyone already knew was gay (Rosie, Ellen, etc.).



1534 days ago
22.

jdwang    

Wasn't kd lang the first country star to come out, like 20 years ago? She started out as an award-winning country artist. Once word got around, she stopped getting country music award nominations, and changed her style to a more MOR sound.

1534 days ago
23.

Tom Cruise    

Great now go have a parade...........

1534 days ago
24.

CoolNerd    

Interesting that her publicist's name is Bragman. "Brag Man," get it? Pretty good for a publicist!

1534 days ago
25.

Stevie Jones    

Wasn't KD Lang a major country star?

1534 days ago
26.

wtf    

so?



she likes to eat *****...



what does that have to do with her crappy music?



maybe if she puts out a video of her eating ***** i might care who she is.



maybe.

1534 days ago
27.

c    

Whatever sells, gay pays, right

1534 days ago
28.

Jason Chambers    

A hit in 1999?



that was only 11 years ago.

1534 days ago
29.

Julia     

She is a country singer who had one miner hit, like 10 years ago.



I think she is trying one last ditch effort to get her singing career off the ground.



I worked at a country radio station and I met her. She was very nice but was missing that 'IT' factor even though she is beautiful and sings pretty well.

1534 days ago
30.

AMouse    

This is not a surprise - I was told by a high profile country superstar (think mega-star who is now in "retirement") years ago about this one's preferences. Chely Wright is NOT what I would consider a "major celebrity" either.

1534 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web