Billy Gilman is crediting Ty Herndon for making his own coming out a little easier. Hours after Herndon revealed he was gay, Gilman posted a video on YouTube opening up about his own orientation. He also admits there had been rumors and speculation about him for a while, which has been damaging to his career.
He admits, "Being a gay male country artist is not the best thing. If people don't like your music that's one thing, but after having sold over five million records... I knew something was wrong when no major label wanted to sit down and have a meeting and listen to the new stuff. I did a showcase in Nashville and no major label showed."
Billy says that the country artists he "literally...grew up in front of" -- mentioning LeAnn Rimes, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban by name -- have been "nothing but supportive, not that they knew, but they have just been such wonderful people."
He adds that Herndon has more recently become a friend, and he congratulates Ty "on such a courageous effort."
It also looks like Billy has found love. He says he's been with his partner for the past five months, and after a reporter photographed them he knew he needed to address the issue.
Gilman also says he has new music on the way. He explained that he had been spending his day Thursday editing the clip, which will be released soon. Billy admits, "I can honestly say I'm scared to death. But I thank each and every one of you for your support. I will always strive to be the best artist that I can be. Now that I know that I have finally found my place as a person, that only makes the music that much better. I know some people won't agree with this, and that's OK. To each his own. But it was time for me to be honest."
Check out his video below!