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Sam Williams opens up about his gay identity for the first time: ‘It’s scary, but it feels good’

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Sam Williams is opening up about his sexuality and hopes it helps other small town exports feel less alone.

In an upcoming episode of Apple Music Proud Radio with Hunter KellyWilliams detailed the inspiration behind his new music video “Tilted Crown,” which chronicles his upbringing as Hank Williams Jr.’s son and sees him kissing another man — his boyfriend — on camera for the first time.

The country star, 25, explained that he planned to include references to his sexuality in a video for his song ‘Snow Angels’ which never materialized. When director duo Alexa and Stephen Kinigopoulos were conceptualizing the “Tilted Crown” music video, they felt it was important to include a gay kiss to tell his life story.

“At first I kind of thought, ‘I’m tackling something else with this.’ And I thought maybe it was for another project,” Williams said. “But again, I felt like I was promoting invisibility, like I wasn’t visible and I wasn’t myself. And I just thought it was the perfect opportunity to show who I was.”

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Asked about the details of his identity by host Hunter Kelly, Williams explained that he used ‘he/him’ pronouns and said: ‘I identify as gay and I’ve never told anyone that. ‘other. I mean, people on my label I know and people in my personal life know this, but this is the first time I’ve been on, other than a show or two, that I’ve spoken about it so publicly. And it’s scary, but it feels good.”

Sam Williams talks about his gay identity for the first time:

Sam Williams opens up about his gay identity for the first time: ‘It’s scary, but it feels good’

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The Paris, Tennessee native explained that growing up in a small town caused him to spend a lot of “energy” pushing his true feelings away in order to hide his sexuality and “fit in” with other kids.

“It’s comprehensive, and I think…if I was a kid, and I was younger, and I saw someone like me do an interview like this and just say, ‘C ‘is who I am and I’m proud of being who I am’, that would have had an impact on me,” Williams explained. “So I think at the end of the day that’s one of the most important reasons why I’m so open.”

In addition to her identity, the “Tilted Crown” video touches on Williams’ relationship with her late sister, Katie, who was killed in a car accident in June 2020. During her proud radio interview, the musician opened up about telling Katie about his gay identity before his death.

Sam Williams talks about his gay identity for the first time:

Sam Williams opens up about his gay identity for the first time: ‘It’s scary, but it feels good’

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“I told him a few months ago – in Alabama of all places – in the back of a four-wheeler. We were riding on a four-wheeler about to go eat somewhere, and I just felt called — and I just felt like I had to, like I was hiding so much,” he recalled, noting that Katie was “so emotional.”

“I think she could see the pain I was going through hiding this and she had no idea. And I was like, ‘There were certain situations that made me feel bad. comfortable and I just want you to know.’ And I could just see there was such pain in not knowing,” Williams explained.

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According to the artist, talking about your sexuality to your manager was another highlight because “it’s a big deal” when you’re a public figure. “Some people choose to wait a lot longer to show up and some people choose to never say neither nor, Williams said. “And that was a big moment for me because I always felt accepted and I always felt needed. Like people’s investment in me was worth it and it didn’t matter who I loved. “

Sam Williams talks about his gay identity for the first time:

Sam Williams opens up about his gay identity for the first time: ‘It’s scary, but it feels good’

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From the music video for “Tilted Crown” — which appears on his new deluxe album Greenhouse Children: Tilted Crown – was released earlier this month, Williams said the response had been “overwhelmingly positive”. Additionally, he enjoyed viewers’ interpretations of the character of the older man who acts aggressively around the young child (who apparently portrays Williams) and urges him to act more manly.

“It’s not necessarily playing my dad, it’s playing society as a whole… pointing fingers at young kids like, ‘That’s what girly girls do. You’re wearing that pink bow and you go to the Sunday service.’ Or, as with little boys, “You’re going hunting…” [or] “That’s what you’re supposed to do, son,” he explained, noting that so many children experience this type of control.

However, Williams clarified that the characters’ relationship is more symbolic than specific. “My relationship with my dad wasn’t like that at all. He didn’t push me to make music. He pushed me to go hunting, I have to give him that. He pushed me to go hunting.” he said. “I just wanted to clear that up just in case… It’s kind of hard for me to watch because it’s so honest, and it brings so much back, and it’s all there on the surface.”

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. ET or anytime on demand at apple.co/_ProudRadio on Apple Music Country.