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'Love wins tonight': Nine months after coming out, T.J. Osborne celebrates by kissing boyfriend at CMA Awards

Country star T.J. Osborne capped off a “crazy rollercoaster of a year” at the 55th annual CMA Awards Wednesday when his band Brothers Osborne won Vocal Duo of the Year and he celebrated by exchanging an on-air kiss with his boyfriend, Abi Ventura.

“It's been a crazy rollercoaster of a year for us in so many ways, especially for me emotionally,” T.J. said during his brief but touching acceptance CMAs speech, once he made it to the stage. "And to have you all support me, it really does feel like love wins tonight. Thank you.”

T.J.’s supportive older sibling and bandmate, John Osborne, excitedly added, “Give this boy a round of applause! We love this genre. We love the people. We love all of you so much.”

Later in the evening, Brothers Osborne performed their confessional ballad “Younger Me,” which T.J. wrote after he came out publicly in February. “For many years I would watch this show, year after year, and I always thought how incredible it would be — I would dream of being up here on this stage,” T.J. told the crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “And there's so many things, there were so many hurdles for me, and I always felt, truthfully felt, like it would never be possible because of my sexuality to be here. And I just wish my younger me could see me now.”

T.J. then addressed his younger, closeted self, singing, “Younger me made it harder than it had to be/Trying hard to dodge my destiny would get the best of me/Younger me, way too young to pace a bedroom floor/Always dreamed of kicking down the door/What were you waiting for?” and “Hanging out but not quite fitting in/Didn't know that being different really wouldn't be the end.”

While those close to T.J. had known for years that he is gay, the country star only came out publicly in Feburary in a candid interview with Time magazine. In the article, he said it was “so lonely and isolating” being closeted, and explained, “I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange. … I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am. … I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling.”

T.J. acknowledged to Time that coming out was a professional risk given the country genre’s typically conservative fanbase, and he even speculated that “to show up at an awards show with a man would be jaw-dropping to people. It wouldn’t be like, ‘Oh, cool!’” His televised PDA moment with Ventura, however, did receive support and praise from country fans on social media — indicating that the progress the younger T.J. once dreamed of is finally happening in Nashville.

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by Anonymousreply 1November 11, 2021 5:37 PM

TJ is sexy. I think he's a top because his bf is super fem.

TJ looks like Ryan Reynolds.

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by Anonymousreply 2November 11, 2021 5:39 PM

That arena must have needed THE VAPORS!

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by Anonymousreply 3November 11, 2021 5:40 PM

No doubt you're hearing the word "woke" in a derogatory way in regards to this.

by Anonymousreply 4November 11, 2021 5:46 PM

This was extraordinarily brave of TJ.

I can't imagine the level of hate and derision going on in that arena, when they saw the kiss.

Nevertheless, he said "fuck it" and kissed his boyfriend. I think that some people here truly don't understand how brave it was for him to do this, especially given how conservative these people are.

I only wish we could see the boyfriend's face! I couldn't even find one photo.

by Anonymousreply 5November 11, 2021 5:49 PM

The boyfriend is said to have an Instagram account r5 but it's set to private.

by Anonymousreply 6November 12, 2021 6:22 AM

Here you go r5.

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by Anonymousreply 7November 19, 2021 11:42 AM

Oh god the rings and excessive jewelry are repulsive. I really wanted to like this guy but he seems uneducated and basic. I mean, the predictable disposable petite Hispanic boyfriend? So awful. Yuck on all of it.

by Anonymousreply 8November 19, 2021 11:59 AM

That bf looks ftm.

by Anonymousreply 9November 19, 2021 12:17 PM

Coming out as gay at the Country Music Awards is now equivalent to having gender reassignment surgery on stage at the Oscars.

by Anonymousreply 10November 19, 2021 12:41 PM

I can imagine all those hicks-with-money Repigs telling each other other, "He's a quar!"

by Anonymousreply 11November 19, 2021 12:49 PM

Really poking the bear here. Anyways, I would've saved that kiss for my future husband, but maybe his new bf has bottoming skills that I can't even comprehend.

by Anonymousreply 12November 19, 2021 1:03 PM

Maybe he is the future husband.

by Anonymousreply 13November 19, 2021 1:12 PM

I knew there had to be some masculine white fags in US, in Midwest and South. Not that I have something against effeminate men in the slightest, au contraire, but good to see some diversity.

by Anonymousreply 14November 19, 2021 1:21 PM

The TimTales of it all.

by Anonymousreply 15November 19, 2021 2:18 PM

[quote] Coming out as gay at the Country Music Awards is now equivalent to having gender reassignment surgery on stage at the Oscars.

Much less with a non-white boyfriend in the photo at R7!!

First he comes out as gay, then he kisses his boyfriend at the CMA's, and then they find out his boyfriend is Blatino!!

Oh, I can just imagine the vapors needed in that arena!

by Anonymousreply 16November 19, 2021 2:47 PM

[quote]Oh, I can just imagine the vapors needed in that arena!

I don't think you understand the colloquial meaning of the term "vapors".

by Anonymousreply 17November 19, 2021 2:50 PM

The fact that he is a 6’4” country singer from Deale, Maryland ,and his first gay kiss on national television is with some Latino boy toy is such a cliché-where was Liza when you need her? There are tons of guys like TJ in Nashville, a fact that he is trying to prove, but then like a straight country singer marrying a blond , he sticks to a camp joke ( trophy boy toy). I think that he has just come to understanding he is gay. So maybe this lover is the first or second but won’t be the last? If country had any taste he would secretly be having an affair with another major singer fearful to come out of the barn. Calling Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Michael Ray.

by Anonymousreply 18November 19, 2021 2:55 PM

R18 - Oh please. He’s probably already sick of this little annoying Latino. This will be over by Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 19November 19, 2021 2:57 PM

What kind of redneck name is T.J.? He looks like rough trade. His BF looks even rougher. I don't think this stunt will boost his career with his demographic.

by Anonymousreply 20November 19, 2021 2:58 PM

[quote] The fact that he is a 6’4” country singer from Deale, Maryland ,and his first gay kiss on national television is with some Latino boy toy is such a cliché

But the boyfriend doesn't really look Latino.

Actually, he looks a lot like Kenny Babyface Edmonds.

Which is kind of interesting to me, because Babyface might actually be gay too.

He and David Foster spend a lot of time together. But they're both "married."

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by Anonymousreply 21November 19, 2021 2:59 PM

"I really wanted to like this guy..."

No you didn't. He's gay and happy and successful. You never wanted to like him. Just admit it to yourself.

by Anonymousreply 22November 19, 2021 3:02 PM

R22 - He’s you’re definition of “happy and successful?”

You’re a sad, small, human being.

by Anonymousreply 23November 19, 2021 3:16 PM

R23 Why are you so angry? You do seem like an envious type. We don’t know if he is happy, but he got the courage to be open about his private life and not pretend to be someone else in a very homophobic environment, which really a great thing. And he is successful in his job. So, not bad at all.

by Anonymousreply 24November 19, 2021 3:22 PM

[quote]where was Liza when you need her?

Not sure, but I think I was laying on the floor of the upstairs shower that night.

Or was that last night?

by Anonymousreply 25November 19, 2021 4:36 PM


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by Anonymousreply 26November 23, 2021 10:22 PM

Which one’s the top?

by Anonymousreply 27November 23, 2021 10:31 PM

R26 - OMG is he a pedophile? It’s like his boyfriend is a little Mexican refugee separated from his parents at the border that TJ had cleaned up and took to the mall for new clothes. Creepy.

by Anonymousreply 28November 23, 2021 10:38 PM

Can you imagine how happy the refugee is to have this new glitzy life with TJ? Hopefully it lasts at least a few months.

by Anonymousreply 29November 23, 2021 10:44 PM

Well the boyfriends is not my type. Hell either is the singer. But I do admire what he did absolutely. It will absolutely change things.encourage people to be more accepting. The more visible we are the harder it is to silence us

by Anonymousreply 30November 23, 2021 10:46 PM

Mexican refugee? WTF? The boyfriend is an Ivy League published author educated at Yale. My god, the racism just jumps out from some of you.

by Anonymousreply 31November 23, 2021 10:47 PM

They look like Elio and Oliver from Cmbyn film. Wait until the Charmies discover them.

by Anonymousreply 32November 23, 2021 10:56 PM

The racism on here is fucking gross. But not surprising. Do they speak this way in real life?

by Anonymousreply 33November 23, 2021 11:02 PM

Boyfriend looks like powerbottom Armond Rizzo.

by Anonymousreply 34November 23, 2021 11:03 PM

[quote] OMG is he a pedophile? It’s like his boyfriend is a little Mexican refugee separated from his parents at the border that TJ had cleaned up and took to the mall for new clothes. Creepy.

You people are fucking terrible at judging age.

His bf looks late 20's to early 30's, to me.

Fucking idiots.

by Anonymousreply 35November 23, 2021 11:45 PM

You next @David Archuleta

by Anonymousreply 36November 23, 2021 11:53 PM

I'll bet Archie's a hot bottom, R36.

He's probably still a virgin.

by Anonymousreply 37November 23, 2021 11:57 PM

Well if he’s still a virgin then he’s not a bottom, or gay.

by Anonymousreply 38November 24, 2021 12:00 AM

Who thinks Steve Grand is furious that he wasn't on that stage last night accepting an award?

Or, do you think he was a present for T.J. from the boyfriend last night?

by Anonymousreply 39November 24, 2021 12:23 AM

Why would Steve Grand be at that award?

by Anonymousreply 40November 24, 2021 12:27 AM

Steve tried to make it in the music biz as an out and proud singer, he even cultivated a good ole boy image.

He may only be known as a guy who sells thongs in 2021, but he really wanted to be famous as a singer/songwriter.

by Anonymousreply 41November 24, 2021 10:32 AM

So why didn’t he?

by Anonymousreply 42November 24, 2021 5:43 PM

[quote]While those close to T.J. had known for years that he is gay,

R18 is an idiot:

[quote]I think that he has just come to understanding he is gay.

by Anonymousreply 43November 24, 2021 5:50 PM

[quote] So why didn’t he?

He was outed as a guy who gets fisted.


by Anonymousreply 44November 24, 2021 6:18 PM

So what? So many whores still made it. Carrie Underwood made it, Blake Shelton made it.

by Anonymousreply 45November 24, 2021 6:20 PM

R43-I meant that he is understanding how to really be himself and gay in the music business. I don’t think I am idiot for assuming that he is learning how to move and manage. I am sure Elton John is not your first call. It never matters if those around you know you are gay. They are keeping your secret not sharing a known thing. I also didn’t like the way he introduced his song on CMAs. Let your music speak. If it’s good you will get your point across.

by Anonymousreply 46November 24, 2021 8:47 PM

Excuse ME?!

by Anonymousreply 47November 24, 2021 9:43 PM
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