Gretchen Wilson comes out as having a ‘gusband’

Ella Braidwood November 19, 2018
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Gretchen Wilson (middle) and her "gusband" Chad Laboy (left)

Country musician Gretchen Wilson has come out as having a “gusband”—a portmanteau of “gay” and “husband.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer opened up about her “gusband,” fashion designer Chad Laboy, on the red carpet at the Annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA) on November 14.

The star revealed Laboy had designed her sparkling outfit, which replaced her usual blue jeans, belt, and shirt attire.

“I just like to surround myself with good people. We don’t have to have everything in common.”

— Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson: My “gusband” designed my outfit

Speaking to Access about her red carpet look at the CMAs, Wilson said: “I met a friend this year, and he is my new ‘gusband.'”

She added: “He told me there is no way you’re going to the red carpet in the same old drab, drab yucky that you’ve always done. So he took this jumpsuit and basically turned it into something that was fabulously me… and he made me feel like a princess.”

Gretchen Wilson: People deserve to “experience love in their own way”

Wilson, who has released eight albums, told PinkNews that she believes that LGBT+ people should be able to love who they want.

Gretchen Wilson, who revealed her "gusband" is Chad Laboy
Recording Artist Gretchen Wilson on stage during a private concert for Pediatric Cancer research on April 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for John Rich)

“I have always believed that every person deserves to experience love in their own way,” she told PinkNews.

“That has never changed for me. I just like to surround myself with good people. We don’t have to have everything in common.

Asked why it was important for her to highlight LGBT+ issues on the red carpet, she said: “As far as the importance of speaking on it at the CMAs… I’m surprised if doesn’t happen more often.”

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Laboy, meanwhile, told Pink News: “I’m so proud of the woman Gretchen Wilson is and has become!

“Her beauty goes way beyond the dress and the glam on the red carpet!

“She has so much to offer this world, starting with love! She is such a joy in my life! And I look forward to a very long lasting relationship with my new FAM!”

Laboy previously attracted attention when he proposed to his boyfriend at the time during the music video for Kelly Clarkson’s track “Heartbeat Song.”

Clarkson later revealed that the special moment was completely unplanned.

“He didn’t know that his boyfriend was going to propose to him,” she reportedly said. “No one knew, so he was kinda confused in the video because he was going, ‘Is this real? Or for the video?’”

“It was just the most amazing thing to capture that live, and them embracing and that kiss, that was real,” she continued.

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