Country Star Billy Gilman Comes Out As Gay
Billy Gilman reveals he’s gay in video to fans: ‘Being a gay male country artist is not the best thing’. He revealed.
Billy Gilman came out as gay in a YouTube video made for his fans. ‘I'd rather it be from me than you reading it from somewhere else.’ He revealed.
Billy Gilman may have found it a bit easier to share his "story" after fellow country music star, Ty Herndon, revealed he was gay Thursday.
The 26-year-old crooner posted a video on YouTube later that day called "My Story" where he opens up to his fans about being gay.
"Today a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video," he began in the nearly 6 minute video. "I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for many, many years to know."
Gilman explained that while he was in Rhode Island to shoot a music video for his new song "Say You Will," a local reporter spotted him with his "partner" of five months and took a picture.
"It was in that moment I knew that I'd rather it be from me than you reading it from somewhere else," he told his fans.
He recalled a time when rumors about his sexual orientation were circulating.
"Being a gay male country artist is not the best thing," he explained about why he didn't come out then.
Gilman went on to talk about his confusion as to why major labels hadn't shown interest in signing him even though he had sold "over 5 million records."
"It's difficult for me to make this video. Not because I'm ashamed of being a gay male artist or a gay artist or a gay person, but it's pretty silly to know that … I'm in a genre and an industry that is ashamed of me for being me."
He also took time to praise Herndon's bravery.
"Congratulations on such a courageous effort," Gilman said.
"I can honestly say I'm scared to death," he added about his own coming out. "Now that I have finally found my place as a person that only makes the music that much better."