After keeping it a secret throughout his whole career, Herndon finally realized it was time to tell people the truth about being a homosexual. If not for himself, he had to say something to help others in the same predicament to get inspired and be honest with themselves and everyone else around them.
"During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone's son or daughter or grandchild life not be as difficult as mine has been," Herndon told People magazine. "Maybe they wouldn't have to go through as much pain and suffering. It's time to tell my truth."
Herndon has decided to declare his truth and let go of his years-long secret. "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man," he revealed. The country star first realized he might be gay when he was just 10 years old, and then trusted close family members with his confirmed discernment when he was 20.
"My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation," Herndon explained, also admitting she was worried about his country music career. However, she just wanted her son to have a "happy life. You have to be able to do that in your own skin, and [my family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career."
But, despite his trials and tribulations, Herndon is happy now and glad he doesn't have to hide his true self any longer. He wants to return to singing, although he doesn't know how his fans will react to his latest news. But he will continue living his life as best as he can.
"I'm a gay man, and I'm looking forward to living the rest of my life authentically and happy," he said. "I just want to show up for the causes that I believe in. And be able to walk down the street and hold this man's hand that will be my husband one day, and I know we'll have kids one day."
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