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19:36 | 16th August 2017

Entertainment News: News

Thu 6 May, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


I would never pass judgment on any friend of mine. I feel awful that, at this time in Chely's life, my decade-old comment was taken the wrong way

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Following Country star Chely Wrights openness about her sexuality it has caused a feud between her and old friend John Rich after she misquoted him in a book regarding a comment about sexuality he made 10 years ago.

Wright’s book states that Rich said a comment to her 10 years ago which left her feeling uncomfortable to be honest about her sexual preference and caused a breakdown for the singer.

Rich is said to be hurt that she didn’t speak to him before revealing the gravity of his words and the impact it had on her. Talking about the book to on U.S.

TV show Access Hollywood she recalled the moment he made the comment: "He said, 'You're not gay are you?!' I said, 'No, John, I'm not.' He said, 'Good, thank God.' And that began a spiral for me. I had a meltdown shortly after that."

Since the interview he is said to be appalled that she has revealed this to the whole world before talking to him about it and also insists it wasn’t meant in the way it was interoperated.

He states: "I would never pass judgment on any friend of mine. I feel awful that, at this time in Chely's life, my decade-old comment was taken the wrong way. I was clumsily trying to express my relief that even a country boy like me had a one-in-a-million chance of having a beer with a woman as talented and attractive as Chely. For years after that conversation, Chely invited me to perform at charity events. In all that time, I wish she would have said something directly to me before the book's publicity tour, especially since some of the comments attributed to me in the book are not mine…I only wish her the best in her personal and professional life."

 

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