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TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne Discusses Coming Out as Gay With Ellen: 'My Happiness Is More Valuable Than Anything Else'

A lot of news this week in the Nashville Country Music scene ... we're not even going to cover the knucklehead who's 30 minutes of fame only lasted 15 - and instead we are going to focus on the positive story about Deale, MD native - T.J. Osborne


T.J. made waves this week - a publicly came out as gay in a Time magazine article on Wednesday




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He had his reservations about revealing the news, - which his family and friends already knew, being a prominent figure in an industry that leans conservative: 


"I'm very comfortable being gay.  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...

"People will ask, 'Why does this even need to be talked about?' and personally, I agree with that," he later added. "But for me to show up at an awards show with a man would be jaw-dropping to people. It wouldn't be like, 'Oh, cool!'"



T.J. went on the Ellen show to discuss his decision to reveal this news to the world


“Even though I was coming out, it still felt really odd to say it then.  I think that’s the beautiful thing about this for me: I’ve never really come out to very many people, mainly because I just find it really awkward and uncomfortable. And so it’s been a really wild experience to have come out to very few people — although a lot of my friends and family knew already — and then to come out publicly in one big fell swoop. In some ways, it’s nice, but it’s made for a very emotional day.”




As of now, T.J. is the first and only openly gay man signed to a major country label and has received an outpouring of support from fans and industry members in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville, he’s “interested” to see how shows the Brothers Osborne play in more rural areas go.