Country star T.J. Osborne publicly comes out as gay: ‘It was so lonely’ being closeted
TJ Osborne is sharing with the world what people close to him have known privately for years. In a candid interview with Time The magazine, the Brothers Osborne frontman, revealed that he is gay.
In an interview published on Wednesday, he stated, “I’m very comfortable being gay.” “I think I personally do not want to talk about something that is not a problem for being protected myself. It seems so weird.”
The 36-year-old musician forms the country duo Brothers Osborne with his guitarist brother John. He has been nominated for seven villages, won four CMA Awards and is known for hit songs such as “Stay a Little Longer” and “It Ain’t My Fault”.
“I want to fully reach the height of my career who I am,” TJ shared. “I mean, I’m who I am, but I’ve kept a part of myself silent, and it’s dying.”
TJ is now the only openly gay artist to sign a major country label, Time Notes, and he is aware of the professional exposure that he has given to the genre’s generally conservative fan base. TJ said he did not think he would “run away from the stage in Chicago” after coming out. “But a county fair is playing in a rural town? I’m curious how it will go.”
“People will ask, ‘Why do you even need to talk about this?’ And personally, I agree with that, “TJ said.” But for me to perform in an award show with a man would be a great performance for people. It won’t be like, ‘Oh, cool!’
TJ is strongly supported by his brother, whom he came out with in his mid-20s. John told Time, “He was very open and frank about it, and I was passionate, because my brother was ultimately completely honest with me for who he was. How often, in life, do we hold ourselves back and want to We were not? “
John also strongly supported TJ’s decision to come out publicly. “If I had to erase all my money and success for my brother, it would have been truly fulfilling in life,” he shared, “I didn’t even think about it. Not for a second.”
TJ noted how “it was so lonely and isolated” remains publicly closed. “It made me angry,” he said.
The musician admitted that country music is not the most popular genre among the LGBTQ community, but perhaps he said “because they never had the opportunity to relate to it?”
“Maybe I’m not giving enough credit to my fans,” TJ shared. “Maybe I’m not giving enough credit to the genre.”
The reason for TJ coming out now has nothing to do with love or hate, he said, “I just want to move on.”
By then, TJ meant that he is ready to come from behind me. Because ultimately it is a very small detail about me. “
“Sometimes it happens that I feel I have marginalized this part of myself so that I can feel better about it,” he said. “And I realize it’s a big part of who I am: the way I think, the way I act, the way I perform. God, think all the time that we love Let’s talk, and write about love. It’s the biggest thing we ever feel. And I’ve put a veil on. “
TJ continued, “You know that thing – stand for something or you’ll fall for something? It seems like someone in country music would say that. But if you stand for something and it’s That’s not what they stand for, so they hate it. “
“I’ve done more than I thought,” TJ announced. “At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything I’ll never be able to achieve.”
TJ, who shared the story on social media, has already received an outline of support, leaving positive comments by stars such as Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, Maran Morris, Reese Witherspoon and more.
GLAAD’s head of talent, Anthony Ramos, issued the following statement to Yahoo Entertainment.
“TJ Osborne’s decision to publicly and share his story is a big step forward to increase LGBTQ acceptance and to get involved in the country music world. Ramos said, “He is now the only openly gay artist to have signed on to a major country music label, and I hope the business continues that there is a niche for LGBTQ artists, and they can be commercially successful Are, ”Ramos said. “Brothers Osborne. One of today’s most successful country music acts and TJ’s decision to share her true and authentic self with her many fans has the power to change hearts and minds when she is accepted for the LGBTQ community.”
After the interview was published, John posted a video for his brother.
“He is one of the most important stages of his entire life and he is doing it in front of the whole world. He was always supportive of me, never mind,” John announced. “It’s an honor to call my brother … It is an honor to have a member of my family be part of the LGBTUIA community. Proud of you, TJ. Love you.”
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