So the best thing to do is just be who you are and be proud of it and hopefully everybody can love who they want to love." "It's not what you want to announce to the world -- and if you do, that's great -- but you don't have to. You don't have to be labeled something, in society's terms. That's what I would tell young 'uns and people that are struggling, who say, "I know I'm gay but I can't come out because of my family or whatever." Just decide. Some are from names you recognize; a few are from newcomers, but we believe the songs stand up alongside the classics.Add them to your playlist for a perfect Valentine’s Day evening…or a date night anytime. , country outlaw Steve Earle dished about his divorce from songwriter (and sister of Shelby Lynne) Allison Moorer.Married in 2005, Earle and Moorer split in 2012, two years after their son John Henry Earle was born.In a lengthy interview with The Boot, country music star Shelby Lynne delicately danced around the issue of her sexuality, often speculated upon by fans and media alike. Betts "had the balls" to ask the question outright. I see Nashville and how it's changed and there are these hip, cool places.Lynne launched into a lengthy explanation about how she doesn't like labels, but wants everyone to love who they want to love. Check out Lynne's response to being asked to identify herself in terms of her relationship orientation: "Let me put it to you this way," Lynne said. Maybe it's just me, but as hard as it is to watch the news and see the misunderstanding that people have as they judge other people and their lives — that's, right there, the word — judgment. Twenty years ago it was hard to find some cool places.
But at its heart, the chilling, beautiful tune is really a sobering meditation on the complicated relationship Lynne and her father shared within — and beyond — his deeply troubled lifetime.Betts in what just may be her most intimate interview yet, even touching on her sexuality which has been the subject of rampant media and fan speculation.After Betts told the famously private Lynne that he was gay, the singer noted: "I've been around the world and back so many times, I think everybody's gay. As far as my personal life, I don't go into details because that's all I've got.But I am secure enough to say that of all of my relationships, I've covered the boundaries. There's a curiosity about a lot of people's sexuality but you also have to respect that not everybody wants to sit around and talk about it." Interviewer Betts points out that the ability to own one's identity can be a powerful example for others who are unable or unwilling to live their truth. So I will stress, even more importantly, it's not what you want to announce to the world — and if you do, that's great — but you don't have to. [laughs] I don't think there's any need anymore in our time and era for titles or brands... You don't have to be labeled something, in society's terms. That's what I would tell young'uns and people that are struggling, who say, "I know I'm gay but I can't come out because of my family or whatever." Just decide. “She traded me in for a younger, skinnier, less talented singer-songwriter.” That “skinnier, less-talented singer-songwriter” Earle is referring to is none other than Hayes Carll, who has been dating Moorer since at least 2016. “Being single in New York City doesn’t suck.” Earle’s latest album, titled , was released on June 16.