Chris Carmack, who plays closeted country singer and guitar player
Will Lexington on the ABC drama Nashville, has warned gay
country stars against coming out.
Carmack's season 1 recurring character returns as a series regular
on the show's second season, which premiered Wednesday.
The 32-year-old Carmack was asked by gay glossy Out
whether he thinks “it's possible to be openly gay and a successful
“People I've spoken to say that at a certain level it’d be
career suicide for somebody to come out of the closet. That's a
terrible kind of fame. I don't think executives would give Will the
time of day. That's a damn shame, but in country music there's a
stigma that's insurmountable,” Carmack answered.