Trey Pearson has been the lead singer of Christian alt-rock group Everyday Sunday since 1997. He's toured 20 different countries, had #1 singles in America, and most recently, he's come out as gay.
Pearson, who is now driving for Uber after his band's tour got cancelled, began opening up to Travis Hoewischer of 614Columbus, who helped the musician come out to fans in a long letter published on the site today.
In the letter, Pearson talks about reaching "one pivotal moment" in his life that better defines his identity.
“These last several months have been the hardest—but also have ended up being the most freeing months—of my life," he writes. "To make an extremely long story short, I have come to be able to admit to myself, and to my family, that I am gay.”
Pearson, who is now in his early 30s, talks about growing up in a very conservative Christian home, saying: “I was taught that my sexual orientation was a matter of choice, and had put all my faith into that."
Of the struggle to admit his sexuality to himself, he says that he "never wanted to be gay" because he "was scared of what God would think" and what the people around him would think, adding: "it was never an option for me".
In an attempt to suppress his sexuality, Pearson married a woman, Lauren, with whom he has two children. In his letter, he reveals that his wife has been one of the biggest supporters of him coming out of the closet, calling her "supportive, understanding, loving and gracious" as he talks of how they are now "trying to figure out how to co-parent" while remaining friends.
"When I needed her in this, she was able to hug me, and cry, and tell me how proud of me she was for being able to be honest with myself," he adds.
Pearson, who says that he is now "starting over in so many ways", is positive about the future.
"There is a weight that has been lifted, and I have never felt so free," he says. "I cannot even believe the joy and lightness I feel from being able to accept myself, and love myself, for who I truly am".
Acknowledging that he as lost some of the closest people in his life and felt betrayed, he says: "I want to be loved for who I am, not in spite of who I am."