Two years after making history as the
first male openly gay country music artist, Ty Herndon is revealing
more about his coming out.
In an interview with PEOPLE,
Herndon, 54, said that he has responded to every hateful tweet and
Facebook post he's received.
“Social media can be pretty hateful,”
he said. “I've answered every hateful tweet or Facebook post, and
I've answered it with love and with one simple question: 'Do you know
anyone that's gay?'”
“Because nine times out of ten, they
don't, when you're hating that hard or hating that much,” he added.
In an interview with the
AP to promote his new studio album House On Fire, Herndon
acknowledged that he risked his career to come out.
“I knew there was a risk that I would
not be able to be in country music, and I had to be okay with that. I
didn't know what that looked like. I would have to figure it out.
But by the grace of God, I didn't have to do that. The fans were
amazing and the industry was amazing,” he said.