Gay Christian rock star accepts that coming out as gay after 20 years might damage his career
A gay Christian rock star who came out as gay this month after 20 years in the closet, has said he accepts that it may harm his record sales.
Trey Pearson, the lead singer of Everyday Sunday, came out to fans and supporters in a letter.
He said: “I have tried not to be gay for more than 20 years of my life… it’s my life. This is me being authentic and real with myself and other people. This is a part of who I am.”
Pearson has two daughters with his ex-wife Lauren.
In the letter, he says his ex-wife is “the most supportive, understanding, loving and gracious person I could ever ask for.”
The former couple have said they plan to remain friends, and hope that they can raise their children in a happy atmosphere.
Now in an interview with Billboard, Pearson has reflected on his decision, admitting that it may affect his career.
He said: “Yeah, I’m sure there will be a lot of people that don’t want to have me back. But I’m not really too worried about that. I play a lot of mainstream venues as well. And there are promoters who do faith-based events who have reached out in support.”
But he said he had received messages of support from big names in the Christian Rock industry.
“If the gateholders knew that most of the artists in the Christian industry do support (gay issues), they would be forced to reconsider,”he added.
“I’ve gone to Europe every year for the past 10 years, and my European promoters are all crazy-affirming and supportive and behind me, and they’re like, ‘It’s about time the U.S. catches up to where we’re already at over here.’”
Going on, he said he hoped to be a role model for anyone scared of coming out, and wants to help people to accept themselves.
“This is about realising that there are millions of people out there going through what I’ve gone through that I can be a voice for, and I can hopefully help and make an impact in their lives, the way people like Ellen (DeGeneres) and Troye Sivan and Jennifer Knapp had an impact on me,” he continued.
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Another high profile Christian rock star Vicky Beeching came out as gay in 2014, saying: “God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people.”
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