John Rich Expresses Shock At Chely Wright's Comments About Him
May 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM (PT)
WARNER BROS./NASHVILLE artist JOHN RICH has expressed shock that comments he made to Country artist CHELY WRIGHT years ago caused her pain. CHELY, who came out recently in the media (NET NEWS 5/3), has said that RICH asked her if she was homosexual and when she denied it he said,” Good, thank GOD,” according to an interview with ACCESS HOLLYWOOD.
CHELY said that JOHN’s response confirmed how she felt the NASHVILLE music community felt about gay people and said she had considered committing suicide as she dealt with her fears about her sexual identity not being accepted.
JOHN said: “I was clumsily trying to express my relief that even a country boy like me had a one-in-a-million chance of having a beer with a woman as talented and attractive as CHELY. For years after that conversation, CHELY invited me to perform at charity events. In all that time, I wish she would have said something directly to me before the book’s publicity tour, especially since some of the comments attributed to me in the book are not mine.”
He added that he is “happy for her and only wishes her the best in her personal and professional life.”