The 45-year-old star of USA’s latest reality show Chrisley Knows Best told People this week that he’s been aware of rumors about his sexuality for years. The self-professed heterosexual father of five describes himself as “proudly flamboyant, unabashedly enthusiastic about fashion,” and, in case you were wondering, he “absolutely went to see Elton John for his 40th birthday.”
His recent non-coming-out is drumming up press for the show, which premiered earlier this week. It follows Chrisley, his family, and his wife of 18 years doing who the hell even cares on a weekly basis.
In response to a fan that recently asked “When are you going to come out of the closet?”, Chrisley responds “I don’t live in a closet, but if you’d like me to escort you out of yours I’m happy to do so.”
Chrisley’s eldest daughter allegedly informed him that he’d become a “gay pop icon” after the show’s premiere. “I’d rather be a gay pop icon than I would a redneck,” he told People. “The fact that you are thinking about what I’m doing in my bedroom at 45 is exciting to me.”
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