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

1572 days ago

There's a problem here    

Who cares?

1572 days ago


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.

1572 days ago


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

1572 days ago


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.

1572 days ago


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.).

1572 days ago


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.

1572 days ago

Tom Cruise    

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

1572 days ago


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

1572 days ago

Stevie Jones    

Wasn't KD Lang a major country star?

1572 days ago



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.


1572 days ago


Whatever sells, gay pays, right

1572 days ago

Jason Chambers    

A hit in 1999?

that was only 11 years ago.

1572 days ago


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.

1572 days ago


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.

1572 days ago
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