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Country music TV and radio host Cody Alan comes out as gay

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American radio and television personality Cody Alan has come out as gay.

Cody, who was formerly married with two children, came out to his family and went through the process of divorce while staying closeted, but has now come out publicly via an emotional post on social media.

He wrote: “As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I’m gay. This is not a choice I made, but something I’ve known about myself my whole life.

“Through life’s twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures – I’ve landed on this day, a day when I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me.

“Thanks for following me and supporting me over the years. As we continue our journey, I hope this news won’t change how you see me. I’m still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now.

“My hope for the future is to live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible. Here’s to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you.”

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Cody presents on Country Music Television (CMT) and radio station iHeartRadio, and was named the Academy of Country Music’s National Broadcast Personality in both 2010 and 2013.

He told PEOPLE that he’s spent years coming to terms with his sexuality, but added: “I now have gotten to the point where it just feels right, and I’m at peace with where I am enough to be able to express it.

“Once I realised it was okay to accept the truth, that it wasn’t my choice, it was a lot easier to start figuring out where to go with my life next.”

You can read Cody’s full post on Instagram below.

2017. As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I’m gay. This is not a choice I made, but something I've known about myself my whole life. Through life's twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures – I've landed on this day, a day when I'm happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me. Thanks for following me and supporting me over the years. As we continue our journey, I hope this news won't change how you see me. I’m still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now. My hope for the future is to live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible. Here's to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you. Thanks again. With much heart, Cody

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