It's official: Chely Wright is gay.
The country music singer tells this week's issue of People: "Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out."
That moment has arrived, but Wright says it took awhile to get there. Growing up in the south (she was born in Kansas City, Missouri), the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist in 1994 said she doesn't have "a memory in my life that doesn't include the dream of making music."
But she resided in a world that shunned homosexuality and, therefore, "hid everything for my music."
Why come out now? The news coincides with the release of Wright's memoir this week Like Me, as well as her first album in five years, Lifted off the Ground.
Part of the official synopsis for the book reads that Wright made "a pact with God: to keep her "sinning" to a minimum if he'd get her to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry."
We're proud of her for finally revealing her true self to the world. What do you think of this announcement?