Having never heard of Ty Herndon became a popular stance among Twitter users Thursday. The country singer came out as gay Tuesday, and even though he has been in the music business for more than two decades, not everyone was familiar with his work.
Herndon, 52, is a Grammy-nominated singer who has four No. 1 singles. The artist is known for songs like “What Mattered Most” and “Living in a Moment.” His most recent album, “Lies I Told Myself,” was released in 2013.
On his Twitter profile, the recording artist considers himself “very blessed,” and when he came out to People magazine he said, “I’m an out, proud and happy gay man.”
While some of the Twitter remarks containing the word “never” were in regard to other things, like how it might be relieving to come out or how someone never thought a country singer would identify as gay, most of them were about having never heard Herndon’s music.
@TyHerndoncom Thank you, Ty! You have saved lives. Be proud!! So happy for you and hope you feel a sense of relief like never before!
— Carrie Newman (@CarriePookie) Nov. 20, 2014
— Del Stone Jr. (@delstone) Nov. 20, 2014
— Mark Pino (@MarkPino) Nov. 20, 2014
Herndon's mother apparently knew he was gay before he did, the singer told the magazine. He began to question his identity when he was around 10 years old and then told his family he was gay nearly a decade later.
Being a gay country singer hasn’t been easy. “[My family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career,” he told People. Despite his struggles, Herndon has found love. "I have an awesome relationship that I've been in for a good number of years," Herndon told ET. "[I] love him very much and he loves me."
For those familiar with the country star, it wasn’t much of a shock. Rumors about his sexual identity apparently swirled in the past and Rolling Stone called it “Nashville’s worst-kept secret.”
Herndon will tell his story during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," which will air Thursday at 7 p.m. EST.
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