Cody Alan: “Here’s to Being Happy With Yourself”

Country Music Community Supports CMT Host’s Coming Out as Gay

CMT’s Cody Alan says he has spent years coming to terms with his sexuality, and that struggle ended today (Jan. 12) with his coming out. In a new interview with People magazine, Alan revealed he’s gay, and so far there has been an outpouring of support from the country music community.

“You realize very quickly that people are very loving and accepting and supportive,” he told People. “And you feel like it’s good for you to share that most sincere truth about you.”

2017. As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I’m gay. This is not a choice I made, but something I've known about myself my whole life. Through life's twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures – I've landed on this day, a day when I'm happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me. Thanks for following me and supporting me over the years. As we continue our journey, I hope this news won't change how you see me. I’m still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now. My hope for the future is to live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible. Here's to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you. Thanks again. With much heart, Cody

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“Country music is so diverse and perhaps the most supportive music industry that exists,” he added. “My story’s very real, and that’s what country music is: I live a real life that’s had twists and turns, ups and downs, and it’s kind of a country song in and of itself!”

“We love Cody, admire his openness, and above all, celebrate his happiness,” a CMT spokesperson says.

Others have shown their support on social media: