Ty Herndon: "I'm A Happy Gay Man"

Award-winning singer and songwriter makes longterm struggle public.

Country music star Ty Herndon, who scored a string of hits like “What Mattered Most,” “Hands Of A Working Man,” and “Living In A Moment,” as spoken about his sexuality publicly for the first time in a People magazine interview, stating “I’m an out, proud, and happy gay man.”

The star, who is now 51, started his personal coming out process with his close family when he was 20 years old but now he wants to come out to the whole world now so that he can help give hope to others like him, who struggled to reconcile their gay identity with their faith and religion.

"I was 10, sitting in church and horrified that I might be a homosexual. Whatever that word meant, I knew that I probably was one," Herndon recalls. "And I know there's a lot of those kids still out there. Telling my story is an opportunity to help just one of them," Herndon told People.

He came to the realization about this around five years ago at an Anthony Robbins seminar where he “realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s on or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he told People.

His hope was that by telling his story, the younger folks wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering and that it was “Time to tell my truth.”

He plans on releasing an album in 2015 and feels “very blessed” to be where he as in his life.

Read the People story for the complete story and interview.