Country Music Star Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay
*UPDATED with video below.*
Country music star Ty Herndon has come out as a gay man in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE Magazine. Check out an excerpt:
"During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone's son or daughter or grandchild's life not be as difficult as mine has been," he tells PEOPLE. "Maybe they wouldn't have to go through as much pain and suffering. It's time to tell my truth."
That "truth" is about a part of himself he has kept secret for his entire career: "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man," the Nashville artist revealed to PEOPLE during a sit-down in New York Tuesday. (Herndon appears on Entertainment Tonight Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, his first TV interview about his journey.)
Though he understands his revelation is a big one, he views it as a beautiful starting point for the next chapter of his life.
"[Being gay] is just an addendum. I'm a gay man, and I'm looking forward to living the rest of my life authentically and happy," Herndon says.
Now that he's out, there are a lot of uncertainties ahead, from how fans will react to where his career will go. But "I'm feeling very blessed," Herndon says.
"I just want to show up for the causes that I believe in. And be able to walk down the street and hold this man's hand that will be my husband one day, and I know we'll have kids one day," he adds.
"I'm still the same person. Fans just know a little more about me now."
We like what we're seeing, Ty!!
Herndon opens up on his current relationship, his spirituality and life as a gay Christian, and the future of his country music career in PEOPLE's profile. It's definitely worth reading in full!
Congratulations, Ty!! Welcome to the team!
UPDATE: Here's video of Ty and his sit-down with Entertainment Tonight:
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