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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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The websites are sort of pretending that she is a big Country music celebrity. She is not a star, by any means but her publicist sold it well enough to get some attention. TMZ printed it.

She is trying to sell a book and a CD, this is why she is coming out.

I am starting to get suspicious about people coming out when they are sell something.

1637 days ago


I love her music. I don't care who she is attracted to.

The sad thing is some of these country fans will go out and burn her cd's. Crazy people.

1637 days ago


I guess we know why she was a "single white female" for so long now....No boys allowed!!

1637 days ago


TMZ and its staff sure celebrate the "queer" thing. They must be a little be addled themselves to be SO INTERESTED in this aberration.

1637 days ago

Cheryl A.    

I never heard of her and I do not care what sexuality she is. It's her own personal business, at least it was until she wasted paper writing about it. Y A W N !

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1637 days ago


Why comment if you don't care or know the person? attn. starved? anyhoo...she had more than ONE hit and people who know country music should know her. She has been on a break from touring etc but her coming out is NOT about book selling but about being comfortable enough with herself to finally do it. If a book is her be it. Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Not trying to change minds, just sharing some support.

1637 days ago


Wonderful singer and song writer!

Strange this is coming right after the info that Melissa broke up with her wife. Makes you wonder if Melissa and Chely are the new couple!

1637 days ago


"The sad thing is some of these country fans will go out and burn her cd's. Crazy people."

Oh nonsense... nothing even close to that would happen unless she goes out of her way to provoke such a response...

"people who know country music should know her."

I listen to a lot of country and most country music listeners will not know who she is... at most they will be like "the lady who did single white female likes the ladies"...

1637 days ago


You're not going to make it in country music by being morally controversial or by going against the conservative grain. Sure she's got her 15 minutes, but beyond that it's nada, adios, and don't let the twang hit ya' in the slang.

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1637 days ago


I never heard of this person. Is this the big news????

1637 days ago

Chely fan from KS    

Country music fans should know Chely for "Single White Female" "Shut Up and Drive" and "Bumper of My SUV". She has toured extensively and done many shows to support our troups.

She grew up in a small town in Kansas and is a wonderful music writer. She was once linked with Brad Paisley who I think was a writing partner.

She is also a friend of Martina McBride, who is also from Kansas.

I personally don't care what her sexual preference is. She is a wonderful person and a talented artist.

Unfortunately she dropped out of sight for awhile why she worked through some personal things in her life, wrote many songs for her new album and wrote a book.

Good for Chely!

1637 days ago


OMG GOD SAT IT AIN'T SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol, who cares. I think she's only doing it because nobody knows who she is and she's trying to get noticed. I seriously don't know why celeb's think any one gives a rats ass if they are gay or not.

1637 days ago


My guess was Hillary Clinton. That she would tell the world her marriage was to Bill was a sham and a way for her to achieve political success in her life. This would add fuel to why Bill stepped out on here. We all know she's a lesbian because at one time in the beginning of her college days at In 1965, Hillary Rodham enrolled at Wellesley College and was a huge supporter of "****," some of you knew him as Richard Nixon his more familiar name. At some point her politics changed dramatically when she stopped being a supporter of "****" and Barry Goldwater and started supporting Eugene McCarthy & George McGovern. It's not known what happened to change her politics dramatically other than the rumor she fell in love with a woman & from that point on would always be a lesbian even though she married Bill out of opportunity. My guess is Hillary will come clean.

1637 days ago


Chely WHO?

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