Country singer, Ty Herndon comes out of the closet
The truth is "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man," Ty Herndon revealed.
The 52-year-old singer, who first wondered if he was gay when he was about 10 years old and then began coming out to close family members at 20.
While his professional start was promising the singer hit some snags along the way – including an indecent exposure charge for allegedly exposing himself to a police officer in 1995 and subsequent time in rehab for drug addiction.
"I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. They've been my mistakes, and I own them," says Herndon, who was married to women twice before coming to terms with his sexuality.
"I was 10, sitting in church and horrified that I might be a homosexual. Whatever that word meant, I knew that I probably was one," Herndon recalls. "And I know there are a lot of those kids still out there. Telling my story is an opportunity to help just one of them," says Herndon.
"They can be loved by God, they can be married one day, they can have a family, they can give their parents grandkids," Herndon adds.
"I sit on the tailgate of my pickup truck, and I meditate, and I talk to God," he says. “ We get to choose who we love, and that includes God, and he loves us back."
Aside from religion, Herndon has had to redefine his place in another establishment: the country music community.
"There's never been a song more affirmative of that in country music, and it's our CMA Song of the year," says Herndon, who "welled up in tears" during that moment.
"I felt so proud of my city. I hope that trend continues; I pray it does."