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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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61.

josslin    

Why are people so mean? This is a lovely and very talented woman who happens to be gay.

1530 days ago
62.

Cathy    

Remember k.d. Lang? The whole "coming out" thing has already been done in the country music world.

1530 days ago
63.

Sammie    

Why do these people think anyone cares anymore? Big deal. Haven't a clue who she is anyway.

1530 days ago
64.

Rob    

Well, that is the end of her career. Keep your SEX in the closet... everybody!



Flush San Francisco and start over.

1530 days ago
65.

tuna marie    

Who???????????????????????????????????????????????

1530 days ago
66.

stephvig    

It't not going to affect her country career because she hasn't been around the country scene since her song Single White Female came out.



1530 days ago
67.

andy    

The best aspect of this situation that the general public would hope to gain, . . . would be an upcoming leaked "sex tape", showing a three way between Ms. Wright, LeAnne Rhimes, and Carrie Underwood. Now, I might be willing to drop $20 to watch that . . .

1530 days ago
68.

Chris    

Wow, I'm just shocked. I wouldn't have suspected this by her.



And to the comments....Chely has many country hits like "Never love you enough", "Single white female", "Jezebel".

1530 days ago
69.

Kellie    

I thought for sure it was going to be Kenny Chesney.

1530 days ago
70.

MeToo    

This is not news. This is a publicity stunt to make her more mainstream.

1530 days ago
71.

A Noun    

Who? Seriously...who?



And a "who?" gets the cover of People?



Sad times for the print industry. Sad times.

1530 days ago
72.

DW Wood    

Who cares, she not the first gay in country music, just the first to admit to it. We all know Kenny Chesney is a closet gay.



The conservative country establishment (mainly the ****s in Nashville who think they control music) will look the other way so long as you are making money for them (the conservative song writers, music publishers, etc.).

1530 days ago
73.

South Beach    

Who?
11 years and 1 single, plus screwing a few "now knowns" not a celebrity make.

1530 days ago
74.

yarrrr    

If I were Chely Wright's new PR people, I wouldn't be touting the fact that we heard "Bumper of my SUV" considering the manipulative PR campaign behind that...



Just google around for:



"Bumper of My SUV" "fan club"
"Country Single's Radio Requests Deemed Deceptive"
"Campaign of deception used to push patriotic song up charts"



Her official explanation is complete BS... there is a very small possibility that she didn't know this was going on but there is no way her PR reps didn't know... many(most?) official fan clubs are controlled by PR people... and her PR people recruited her fan club members to astroturf her song up the charts...

1530 days ago
75.

3Storms    

WHO?



Oh wait that's the point. Lo and behold another quasi-celeb trying to gain attention and more fame by "coming out."

1530 days ago
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