Today, Chely is living her truth for the first time. "I feel like I'm about two weeks old," she says. "This is who God made me to be, and of course I came out because if I don't, I will never be whole."
Watch Chely open up about how she feels since coming out.
Chely also hopes her story helps men and women like herself.
"Young people in every corner of America are being told by their churches, and their parents are echoing what the churches are telling them, that they are damaged goods. And they are not," she says. "I have to stand up. I'm uniquely positioned in my culture of country music. ... Country fans know me. They already think I'm a heck of a gal, a patriot, a good girl, and I am a lesbian. I have been the whole time."