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How coming out is helping Brooke Eden change country music

E! News: Before I get into the music, I wonder if you wouldn’t mind talking a bit about your trip so far. I’m curious what it’s like to be sort of on a path to self-acceptance like all of us in the LGBTQ community as you start a career in music. Can you tell me a bit what this road was like to get here?

Brooke Eden: Well, the first time I did a radio tour, about five years ago, I met Hilary, my love, the very first week. So the very first week I embarked on this career path I had worked for all my life turned out to be the exact moment I met Hillary. So the first time I did a radio tour and did interviews, it was just awful. It was so hard because, you know, I was down on talking about our relationship and I’m basically all or nothing that sort of person. I’m an open book or I’m a robot — and I don’t have either. So I was a robot on this tour. I had to watch my pronouns all the time. And it was just a really hard way to live.

About two and a half years into this music cycle I started to get really, really sick and almost passed out on stage. Basically my body was closing in on me because of the external pressures in my life. It had just passed through my body. And when a doctor says to you, “Hey, you have to get off the road so you can heal your body, or you have a good chance not to make it until next year,” there’s a pretty big wake-up call. Your mental health is your health, and not being true to myself had effects not only on my mental and emotional health, but also on my physical health.

I knew that if I ever wanted to play music again, I would have to do it fully being myself and being completely authentic. So I completely got off the road and started writing the music I wanted to write. My label was bought out by BMG, and BMG is just this amazing label that is so inclusive and talks so much about love and acceptance.

They really encouraged me to be myself, and to be myself as an artist and as a human. And it really allowed me to write this music and also, you know, to take this whole journey of self-love and self-acceptance. I just knew that this time around when I released this music, I knew it was time to be me and also just have some visibility in this genre which has been so under-represented for the LGBTQ + community.

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