Chely Wright Speaks on Death Threats, Reaction to Sexual Orientation

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Chely Wright came out as a gay country artist in May 2010.

But while some critics may believe that announcement was publicity-driven, Wright says the result has been anything but positive for her career.

"I haven't talked about the negative," Wright said this week. "You won't hear me bitching and moaning on my Facebook about the hate mail I've gotten. My life has been threatened. I get nasty letters every day, 'I'm through with you Chely Wright, you're going to hell.'"

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Has Wright received support from fellow singers? Only from Mary Chapin Carpenter, at least in public.

"They wouldn't want their fans to know they were LGBT friendly," the singer says of private messages other stars have offered. "There are also artist friends who I never heard from again. There are a lot of other people in the industry that I had a friendly email relationship with, or would occasionally text with, that I have not heard a word from."


People are so judgemental these days...really why make fun or hate someone bcz theyre gay or something....thats just fucked up...i mean would you hate your kids if they came out like that...i dont think so....


Really, people, come on....if Chely came to a point in her life where she had to be honest with herself and with the public, not for publicity, why would you want to promote bad publicity for yourself as it has. Secondly, K.D. Lang, did make a big annoucement and basically got kicked out of Nashville and had to work herself back up to be respected in the entire music industry. Kristin Hall the founder of Sugarland, got kicked out because of the same issue. Lastily, the country community should stand up for Chely and support her, let their voices be heard.


who....what song does she sing? does she want to be known for being gay or for being a country star? Never heard of her...and guess you wouldn't even post about her, had her sexuality even mattered to you. Who cares who this chick sleeps with....that is no reason to be famous!! There are millions of gay & lesbian people out there, and plenty of them are struggling artists...only a few actually use their sexuality as a prospective career propeller...this chick is one of them. YUCK!!


I think that the negative response is aimed more at Chely Wright herself rather than her sexual orientation. PS - The country music community has always embraced gay people (if they are good). KD Lang is as well respected a performer as anyone in Nashville. When KD Lang came out she didn't make a big announcement everyone just assumed she was and that didn't stop her from selling records.


Chely Wright Biography

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