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Ty Herndon has been making country music for nearly two decades. But now, the country singer is coming forward and being honest with fans: he has come out and revealed he's gay.

Ty shared the news to People magazine saying, "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man."

People reports the country singer had first wondered if he was gay at just 10 years old, and revealed his secret only to his family at 20. 

He tells People, "My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation." He continued, "she was more concerned about me having a happy life. You have to be able to do that in your own skin, and [my family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career."

Herndon opened up even more during an interview on "Entertainment Tonight." He's been married twice before and said that both of his wives "absolutely" knew about his sexuality. But he also says that he's now in a relationship saying, "I have an awesome relationship that I've been in for a good number of years. [I] love him very much and he loves me."

Ironically (or maybe not so ironic) enough, his last album was called Lies I Told Myself, released in 2013. Ty revealed in his "ET" interview that the biggest lie he ever told himself was "that I couldn't be gay in country music." He elaborated, "I've dreamed about being in country music since I was 6 years old. It's my life, it’s what I do, it's who I am, and I went to great lengths to cover up that fact to be to be a country star."

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