Chely Wright Is Engaged to Lauren Blitzer
Congrats are in order for openly out country singer Chely Wright today! PEOPLE reports that the singer, who came out to fans last year, is now engaged to Lauren Blitzer, a civil rights activist who crusades for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Wright and Blitzer are planning to marry this August in Connecticut, which is one of just five states that allows same-sex marriage to take place.
Wright's rep said that the pair met through their youth advocacy work, but the tie that binds them is much more simple: a board game. The rep said, "[They] say that their passion for Scrabble holds them together." Apparently, the couple that enjoys triple word scores together, stays together!
The 'Shut Up and Drive' and 'Single White Female' singer catapulted onto the country scene in 1995, when she was anointed Best New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. She was the first major country artist to publicize her sexuality, and she eventually revealed that she felt that her career forced her to conceal her sexual identity.
The singer did say that overall, coming out, while freeing, had a negative impact on her career in terms of sales and the public nature of her career, leading to threats. She said, "If it appears from the outside that it's helped my career, it could be because I haven't talked about the negative. You won't hear me b-----ing and moaning on my Facebook about the hate mail I've gotten. My life has been threatened. I get nasty letters every day: 'I'm through with you Chely Wright, you're going to hell.'"
Despite those downer moments, Wright keeps her head held high. Congratulations to Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer on their upcoming big day.