Cody Alan, host of Hot 20 Countdown and CMT Radio Live, came out as gay in a heartfelt Instagram post.
Within the post, Alan took time to explain the depth of his announcement with relation to his life. "As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I'm gay," he writes. "This is not a choice I made, but something I've known about myself my whole life."
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
Alan went on to thank his fans and followers, and promised to "live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible."
Shortly after Cody Alan's announcement went live, the country music community presented an outpouring of support. Everyone from Brothers Osborne to Maren Morris shared their support of Alan's forthcoming post.
Congrats @cmtcody Youre paving the way for others in the country music community to be themselves proudly. As we all should be! Proud of you
— KACEY MUSGRAVES (@KaceyMusgraves) January 12, 2017
@cmtcody So much love and respect for you, sweet Cody! You are one of the kindest human beings I know. I wish you nothing but happiness! ❤️
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 13, 2017
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) January 12, 2017
Although Alan's revelation is a big one, don't expect him to act any differently. He'll no doubt continue to beam positivity, a trait that's made him one of the most beloved public figures in the industry.
In his quest to remain authentic, Alan maintains he's "still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now."
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