TJ Osborne of the country duo Brothers Osborne did something incredibly brave on Wednesday (February 3), coming out as a gay man in a heartfelt story with Time magazine. And whatever reaction he was expecting, his fellow stars have gone above and beyond to show their support.
An outpouring of love has come in from wide and far — showing that the first major star to come out at the height of his fame is welcome in country music.
Fellow stars like Kacey Musgraves, who was also quoted in Osborne’s announcement and has long advocated for LGBTQ+ inclusivity, wrote “Overcome with joy. He’s one of my best friends and one of the bravest people I know. Love you, TJ. Celebrating you today.”
Likewise, outspoken hit maker Maren Morris posted “We love you so much, Teej,” finishing her post with a clapping emoji and a shining star. And ’90s star Chely Wright, who paved the way for Osborne by coming out as a gay woman in 2007, told Osborne he’s done something powerful for himself — and countless more like him. “You’re nobody’s whisper anymore,” she said.
Others responded directly to Osborne’s Instagram post, with encouragement coming from country stars including Mitchell Tenpenny, Tenille Towns, Little Big Town, Jordan Davis, Jason Isbell, Lady A’s Charles Kelley, CMT personality Cody Alan and many more.
With that overwhelming support behind him, Osborne will continue to open up today (February 4) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Going on to chat about how coming out and what he’s gone through since the news broke, Osborne will have a host who knows what he’s going through, since DeGeneres famously blazed a trail by coming out in the ’90s, long before it was so socially accepted.
In the video interview, Osborne says he feels like a weight has been lifted off his soul.
“I got to this point where I knew there was never going to be the perfect time, and really, honestly, now that I’m behind it now — coming out — it’s so wild to me to think about how the perfect time is always now,” he says. “I wish I had done this a long time ago.”
TJ Osborne goes on to say that he feels the love of his peers, and wonders if he had been making a bigger deal out of his secret than he needed to.
“Right now I feel so incredibly loved, and it’s like, ‘God, I wish I could share this love with other people,'” Osborne explains. “And then to have people who I never expected to say anything reaching out to me, people who I feel personify masculinity and straight culture to the n’th degree, coming out with a lot of pride for me … that was the moment that made me feel like ‘Wow, that was there the whole time?'”