Singer LeAnn Rimes has said that she's “super proud” of Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman for coming out gay.

The 32-year-old Rimes, who is currently promoting her new album, One Christmas: Chapter 1, told GLAAD: All Access that she hopes the coming outs mean the country music community is ready to support openly gay artists.

“I hope that we're moving forward and not back,” Rimes said.

“I knew that this was all about to happen,” she said of Herndon's coming out. “And he actually texted me right before it happened. I'm so proud of him. I know how scary it was for him to have to do that, you know. I think that it's so powerful that he did it and Billy came out right after that and he inspired someone.”

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“I'm super proud of them both,” she added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)