Country Singer Billy Gilman Comes Out As Gay With YouTube Video

Just hours after country star Ty Herndon came out as gay, fellow country singer Billy Gilman shared a very personal coming out video on YouTube.

Gilman, who became the youngest person to land on the Top 40 country music charts at 12-years-old, says Herndon’s decision to come out made his decision easier.

Gilman confesses he’s been in a relationship with a man for the last five months and is concerned with the ramifications his coming out may have on his career.

He says:

You know, 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 ashamed of doing this knowing that because I’m in an genre and industry that is ashamed of me for being me. That said, I want to say that all of the country artists that literally I grew up with – Keith Urban, Vince, Lee Ann Rhimes and all of these wonderful friends of mine have been nothing but supportive. Not that they knew but they’ve just been such wonderful people.

Watch the video below:

[H/T: instinct]