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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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76.

zzyzx    

No, don't tell me that! I can't believe it! Never in a million years did I think she was gay!



Who is she?

1636 days ago
77.

Lynda     

So that's something new?
Country music is no different than anything else.
How will country music fans feel about this?
I am a country music fan. This is no different than a country singer who was on drugs (Mindy Macready), or had problems with alcohol (Trace Adkins).
They got over their issues and the fans still buy their CD'S.
So, why shouldn't people continue to buy hers?
What she does is HER business, anyway. :)

1636 days ago
78.

zzyzx    

Mastermind, really?

1636 days ago
79.

Chely fan from KS    

I would think if she was "coming out" it would have been mentioned in her book and hyped by the companies selling her book. Barnes & Noble doesn't mention it at all in their review. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Like-Me/Chely-Wright/e/9780307378866

1636 days ago
80.

Chicky    

That is a HUGE mistake to make in Nashville TN. There are so many gay country music entertainers that will never come out, because it is extremely conservative, I live here! The South just doesn't embrace the idea of homosexuality and probably never will. Talking about the Good Ole Boy attitudes. If this was a way for her to get media attention, it will be a flash in the pan, and poof career over in Country Music. She may however get a new following of gay woman if she can crank out some Melissa Etheridge tunes...

1636 days ago
81.

OhmiGawsh    

What about KD Lang? She was a major country singer in the 90s who didn't really until Melissa Etheridge became vocal about her own sexuality.

1636 days ago
82.

Mike    

Who is she and who cares

1636 days ago
83.

ObamaIsAlQaeda    

Dang. I was in high school when she started putting out CDs and kinda had a crush on her. She was smoking hot 15 years ago. Saw her in KC and she was nipping though a T-shirt, and couldn't get that out of my head for weeks. Oh well. Such a waste of a babe.

1636 days ago
84.

MrR    

Why can't we start a movement called "we just don't give a rat's @$$ anymore !" Keep it to yourself **** Head!

1636 days ago
85.

HB    

AWWWWW! I thought it was gonna be Kenny Chesney!

1636 days ago
86.

rebecca williams    

who the hell is she?

1636 days ago
87.

samantha    

She's gorgeous. Yummy!

1636 days ago
88.

hmmm    

I thought it was supposed to be an Action star. this is a joke. The guy said we will have our first OUT GAY Action star.

1636 days ago
89.

mandy_Reeves    

KD Lang is country too sorta...and she's been out for years, so Chely is not the first if you wanna get technical. I still think Wynonna has desires to pinch hit for the other team from time to time.

1636 days ago
90.

rob    

so I never heard of it before, SO does it Have a Penis or a vagina

1636 days ago
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