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Here’s Chely Wright’s Coming Out Interview. It’s Actually Pretty Remarkable

So, here’s the coming out story you stopped caring about by Monday. But, even though you already knew Chely Wright was a gay, you should still watch this (and the other soon-to-come) interviews with her, because her story is pretty great.

Yes, she is a famous (in some circles) person, so her story will get more attention that your own little coming out tale. But what’s important to note is her personal narrative is no more important than your own — and thus just as relatable as what you went through. Minus the whole “being in the spotlight” thing, where her coming out doesn’t just face criticism from friends and family, but perfect strangers on a national scale.

Wright says at one point she had a 9mm in her mouth, so depressed over living a “sercret life.” She “saw no way to for [being gay and a country star] to coexist.” That’s pretty terrible, and if just one little girl or boy — or even those oft neglected closeted adults! — can find some hope in her story, then the public spectacle over her acknowledgment was all worthwhile.

Stay tuned for interviews on The View, Access Hollywood, and Ben & Dave’s Six Pack.