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Country singer TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne publicly comes out as gay in new interview

Country music singer TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne has come out as gay. 

The 36-year-old lead singer discussed his sexuality for the first time publicly in a new interview with Time, and what it means as a player in the traditionally conservative country music industry. 

‘I’m very comfortable being gay,’ he said, adding that his inner circle has known for a long time, but quarantine unearthed his desire to be fully out. 

Out and proud: Brothers Osborne lead singer TJ Osborne, 36, has come out as gay in a new interview with Time as he says he’s ‘very comfortable’ with it and that his inner circle has known for a long time; pictured 2020

‘I’m ready to put this behind me…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,’ he said. 

Growing up in Deale, Maryland – a small blue collar town – he kept his sexuality hidden despite knowing at a young age. 

‘It was so lonely and isolating. It made me resent people,’ he shared. 

He experienced his first heartbreak in his early twenties but couldn’t tell anyone. ‘I was mad that no one knew why I was hurting.’

TJ opened up to his brother and bandmate John Osborne about it a few years later, as John recalled: ‘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.’

Moving forward: 'I'm ready to put this behind me...I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don't have a problem with,' he told Time

Moving forward: ‘I’m ready to put this behind me…I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with,’ he told Time

Authenticity: He took to Instagram to address the article on Wednesday as he told his fans 'I'm very proud to put this out there...the person you know is me, and now you just know more about me, and I think that's so important in so many ways'

Authenticity: He took to Instagram to address the article on Wednesday as he told his fans ‘I’m very proud to put this out there…the person you know is me, and now you just know more about me, and I think that’s so important in so many ways’

The duo are signed to EMI Records Nashville, now making TJ the only openly queer artist signed to a major country label. 

They have received seven Grammy nominations, won four CMA Awards and have had seven of their songs become Top 40 hits including Stay A Little Longer, which features gay interracial couples in the video.  

Though the response to the video was overwhelmingly positive, he said some people were quick to call them ‘F****t lovers,’ which made coming out even more distressing.  

To this point, he maintains that he is still moderately concerned about his reception in the country genre which is historically rooted in conservatism and family values.  

‘I don’t think I’m going to get run off the stage in Chicago…but in a rural town playing a county fair? I’m curious how this will go.’ 

Brotherly support: '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,' recalls John; John (L) and TJ (R) pictured 2019

Brotherly support: ‘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,’ recalls John; John (L) and TJ (R) pictured 2019

The COVID-19 pandemic afforded him a lot of introspective time where he finally made the decision to be his authentic self.      

‘I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am…I mean, I am who I am, but I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling,’ he revealed.  

‘I want to put the coming out behind me. Because ultimately it’s a very small detail about me,’ he said, adding ‘There are times when I think I’ve marginalized this part of me so that I feel better about it. 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.’

He continued to take to Instagram on Wednesday to address his interview as he said:

‘I’m very proud to put this out there…the person you know is me, and now you just know more about me, and I think that’s so important in so many ways. I know that it’s gonna help my relationship with my fans and my family…and ultimately myself.’

He referred to speaking his truth as something he always thought was ‘too mountainous to tell,’ before saying, ‘Now that it’s been told I am at a loss for words as to how clear the path was all along.’ 

Country concerns: 'I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am...I mean, I am who I am, but I've kept a part of me muted, and it's been stifling,' he revealed, while saying that the historically conservative genre has not made it easy; pictured 2019

Country concerns: ‘I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am…I mean, I am who I am, but I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling,’ he revealed, while saying that the historically conservative genre has not made it easy; pictured 2019




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