In a brand new interview with Time, Osborne revealed that he has been out to family and friends for a few years, and is now deciding to tell the rest of the world and his fans. "I’m very comfortable being gay,” he said. “I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange.”
By coming out publicly, Osborne becomes one of very few openly gay country artists to be signed to a major label (EMI Nashville). Osborne said that while he feels his sexuality is his business, he does want to help be an example for others. “People will ask, ‘Why does this even need to be talked about?’ and personally, I agree with that,” he said. "But for me to show up at an awards show with a man would be jaw-dropping to people. It wouldn’t be like, 'Oh, cool!'"