Country star T.J. Osborne publicly comes out as homosexual: ‘It was so lonely’ being closeted

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne attends Universal Music Group Hosts 2020 Grammy After Party on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)

T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne, right here at Universal Music Group’s 2020 Grammys occasion, has publicly come out as homosexual. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)

T.J. Osborne is sharing with the world what these near him have privately identified for years. In a candid interview with Time journal, the Brothers Osborne frontman revealed that he’s homosexual.

“I’m very comfortable being gay,” he defined in an interview printed on Wednesday. “I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange.”

The 36-year-old musician makes up the nation duo Brothers Osborne along with his guitarist brother, John. They have been nominated for seven Grammys, have gained 4 CMA Awards and are identified for hit songs like “Stay a Little Longer” and “It Ain’t My Fault.”

“I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am,” T.J. shared. “I mean, I am who I am, but I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling.”

T.J. is now the one overtly homosexual artist signed to a significant nation label, Time notes, and he’s conscious of the skilled danger he’s taking given the style’s sometimes conservative fan base. T.J. mentioned he doesn’t suppose he’ll “get run off the stage in Chicago” after popping out. “But in a rural town playing a county fair? I’m curious how this will go.”

“People will ask, ‘Why does this even need to be talked about?’ and personally, I agree with that,” T.J. added. “But for me to point out up at an awards present with a person could be jaw-dropping to folks. It wouldn’t be like, ‘Oh, cool!’”

T.J. firmly has the support of his brother, whom he came out to in his mid-20s. John told Time, “He was very open and candid about it, and I was emotional, because my brother was finally able to be completely honest with me about who he was. How often, in life, do we hold back parts of ourselves and wish that we didn’t?”

John and T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.

John and T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. (Photo: REUTERS)

John emphatically helps T.J.’s resolution to come back out publicly, too. “If I had to have all my money and success erased for my brother to be truly fulfilled in life,” he shared, “I wouldn’t even think about it. Not for a second.”

T.J. famous how “it was so lonely and isolating” staying publicly closeted. “It made me resent people,” he admitted.

The musician acknowledged nation music isn’t the preferred style among the many LGBTQ neighborhood, however mentioned possibly it’s “because they’ve never had the opportunity to relate to it?”

“Maybe I’m not giving my fans enough credit,” T.J. shared. “Maybe I’m not giving the genre enough credit.”

T.J.’s cause for popping out now has nothing to do with eager to be beloved or hated, he defined, including, “I just want to move on.”

By that, T.J. meant he’s prepared “to put the coming out behind me. Because ultimately it’s a very small detail about me.”

“There are times when I think I’ve marginalized this part of me so that I feel better about it,” he mentioned. “And I realize that it is a big part of who I am: The way I think, the way I act, the way I perform. God, think of all the times that we talk about love, and write about love. It’s the biggest thing we ever get to feel. And I’ve kept the veil on.”

T.J. continued, “You know that thing — stand for something or you’ll fall for anything? That sounds like something someone in country music would say. But if you stand for something and it’s not what they stand for, then they hate it.”

“I’ve done more than I ever thought I would,” T.J. declared. “At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything else I’d ever be able to achieve.”

T.J., who shared the story on social media, has already acquired an outpouring of help, with Miranda Lambert, Dan+Shay, Maren Morris, Reese Witherspoon and extra stars leaving constructive feedback.

GLAAD’s Head of Talent, Anthony Ramos, issued the next assertion to Yahoo Entertainment.

“T.J. Osborne’s resolution to publicly come out and share his story is a significant step ahead to extend LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion within the nation music world. He is now the one overtly homosexual artist signed to a significant nation music label, and I hope that the enterprise continues to understand that there’s a area for LGBTQ artists, and that they are often commercially profitable,” Ramos stated. “Brothers Osborne are one of today’s most successful country music acts and T.J.’s decision to share his true and authentic self with their many fans has the power to change hearts and minds when it comes to acceptance for the LGBTQ community.”

John posted a video for his brother after the interview was published.

“He’s taken one of the most important steps of his entire life and he’s doing it in front of the entire world. He’s always had my support no matter what,” John declared. “It’s an honor to call him my brother… It’s an honor to have a member of my family be a part of the LGBTQIA community. Proud of you, TJ. Love you, man.”

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