Country singer Ty Herndon decided to finally come out to the public as a “happy gay man.” The 52 year-old has known he was homosexual since he was a young boy, but feared it would be career suicide to openly acknowledge it. He even attempted to get married twice, which of course did not work out. Close friends and family have known for quite some time. After years of rumors and speculation, and after being inspired by an Anthony Robbins seminar, he is finally sharing his story and introducing the world to his partner of six years.
His bravery led to Billy Gilman, another country singer, who is half of Herndon’s age, to also reveal his homosexuality, the same day. Gilman chose to do so via YouTube video. He said he has been planning on doing this for quite some time, especially after a reporter snapped a picture of him with his partner at a recent festival. Herndon’s story gave him the incentive to push forward and do it now, instead of allowing rumors to circulate. Andrew Heiberger really seems to think that Gilman fears that he has now put his career in jeopardy, as homosexuality is not readily accepted in the musical genre. At the same time, he hopes that fans can focus on the more important aspect of the music, and embrace him for who he is.