Singer Chely Wright has said Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and Naomi Judd privately supported her coming out gay.

Wright became the first commercial country music artist to come out gay in 2010.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Wright recalled that only three country music stars – Mary Chapin Carpenter, LeAnn Rimes and SHeDAISY – publicly supported her decision.

“Privately – Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and Naomi Judd” supported me, Wright said. “Now, there are a lot of people who make country records, and I know all of them.”

“I think some of the artists really have a fundamental belief that there's something wrong with me. But I think most of the artists don't want their fans to know that they're supportive of me because they don't want to lose a record sale. Because, look, there's a reason I'm the first artist to come out in commercial country music. I don't want to be a hypocrite here, but I am a bit of a hypocrite. I hid for 17 years. I'm a hider just a s well as anyone else is, whether they're a straight person who's hidden their support of the LGBT community or a gay person who's hiding in country music.”

“You know, I receive a lot of letters from people who say, 'I won't support that sick behavior,'” she added. “It's not pretty.”

(Related: Chely Wright says love bloomed after she came out gay.)