CMT Host Cody Alan Hopes Coming Out Will Send A Positive Message To The Country Music Community

"There's a place for you here."

Cody Alan is a popular personality on the country music network CMT. He hosts the channel's Hot 20 Countdown, as well as iHeartRadio's CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live. According to his social media, "When country stars talk, they talk to Cody!" Alan's influence in the country music community is part of why he recently decided to come out as gay.

On Thursday, Cody shared a heartfelt Instagram post in which he wrote, "This is not a choice I made, but something I've known about myself my whole life. Through 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." 

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"As we continue our journey, I hope this news won't change how you see me," he added. "I'm still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now."

If the social media response is anything to go by, Alan's hope has already come true. The star has received overwhelming support since his announcement, including several messages from big names in the country music world, who praised his honesty and wished him the best.

Alan spoke to Rolling Stone about his decision, thanking the country music community for their support and sharing his hope that being true to himself will inspire others to do the same. That's especially important in a genre without many openly gay stars. As Alan puts it, "Country music fans come in different shapes and sizes and shades."

I realized that this could have a great, positive impact on many people who may be country music fans and may feel like they don't fit in. But they see a guy like me on TV who is country and gay, and they recognize that there's a place for you here, and that country music is a warm, welcoming space.

We're so glad that Alan is comfortable sharing his true self with the world, and that so many fans and artists alike have embraced him for it.

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