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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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91.

linda    

What career...she is washed up anyway.

1638 days ago
92.

lakenne    

Who cares? She's had one hit in the past ten years. People in Nashville don't even know who she is anymore! I guess she hopes this will sell some records............

1638 days ago
93.

yarrrr    

""""
Vote only if you're a country fan ...



* I support Chely
* It's over
""""



Where's the "Who Cares?" Option...



1638 days ago
94.

B    

www.homopanic.com had the story like 4 and a half hours earlier. Warning homopanic is NSFW!

1638 days ago
95.

Ryguyy    

wtf, I was hoping it was someone relevant

1638 days ago
96.

Chely fan from KS    

We love Chely. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chely_Wright

1638 days ago
97.

Athena    

What about K.D. Lang? She's a country music singer who came out years ago.

1638 days ago
98.

DG    

Never heard of her....Coming out ? Nah more like "Thanks publicist, it worked !"

1638 days ago
99.

Closetgal    

There have always been gays in country music, they just don't make a cover story over who they sleep with.



She's D class country, trying to draw attention.



Her sexuality doesn't sway me, I've never liked her grating, constipated sounding vocals.

1638 days ago
100.

mary    

who? who cares? WTF talk about a publicity stunt. sorry girlie not going to work. people have to know who the hell you are first for people to care...

1638 days ago
101.

Erica    

I've actually been a fan of Chely's for many years and am really not at all surprised at this news. She's never really been one to discuss relationships or take dates to awards shows. I couldn't be happier for her. Looking forward to reading the book. GOOD FOR YOU CHELY!

1638 days ago
102.

B-Rock    

Just a little news flash to those "huge country fans" that have never heard of her:



If you've never heard of Chely Wright, you're not a huge country fan. Now get over yourselves.

1638 days ago
103.

valerie    

This was Gawker's story. You should credit your source.

1638 days ago
104.

Melissa Velasco    

Never heard of her...... SO WHAT????? 75% OF THE ACTORS ARE, TRUST ME WHY ARE THEY CALLED THESPIANS?????!!!!!

1638 days ago
105.

Southern    

You never heard of KD Lang? Bigger n better than this girl. Checkout her duet with Orbison...."Crying"........ TMZ commenting about Country. is like me commenting about Angioplasty........I've heard of it......LOL!

1638 days ago
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