John Rich Responds To Chely Wright

Country star John Rich, one half of Big & Rich and a solo artist in his own right, has issued a statement in response to a comment made by Chely Wright on the Today show this morning (May 5).

On the show, during which Chely admitted she is a lesbian, she recounted a conversation she had one night with John during which he directly asked her whether or not she was gay. Chely denied that she was. John’s response, according to Chely was, "Good. Thank God." It was the first time, she told NBC’s Natalie Morales, that she had directly lied about her sexuality and it started a downward spiral in her life.

"I would never pass judgment on any friend of mine," John said in the statement. "I feel awful that, at this time in Chely's life, my decade old comment—'Good, thank God'—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. But I am happy for her and only wish her the best in her personal and professional life."

John and Chely both performed together at Opryland many years ago.

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