Kacey Musgraves feels guilty that she used to bully gay kids

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs on stage during the CMA 2016 Country Christmas on November 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Kacey Musgraves has said that gay anthem Follow Your Arrow, which kick-started her career, left her feeling guilty.

The Country music star, who released new album Golden Hour today ahead of her world tour, made waves with the 2013 song, which told listeners: “Kiss lots of boys / Or kiss lots of girls / If that’s something you’re into.”

It was crowned Song of the Year at the 2014 Country Music Awards, and attracted a whole new generation of fans who suddenly felt seen and accepted.

But the singer has confessed that she used to join in with homophobic bullying when she was young.

Country music has a long history of anti-gay sentiment, which is bucked by only a brave few, like Country Music Television and iHeartRadio host Cody Alan, who came out last year.

And Musgraves, who comes from the tiny village of Golden, Texas, told Billboard: “At 18, I was a lot more redneck than I am now.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Singer Kacey Musgraves attends All For The Hall Los Angeles A benefit concert presented by The Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum  at The Novo by Microsoft on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)


“I think back to who I was then: being in a small-town high school and seeing a gay guy get made fun of, I’d like, laugh along and not really think much about it.”

She said that when a loved one revealed their sexuality to her, her way of thinking shifted.

“A best friend came out to me right after high school,” said Musgraves, “and that’s when I started getting it – my perspective completely changed.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  Country singer Kacey Musgraves performs for her Spotify Premium fans at London's historic Spencer House on March 8, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Spotify)


“Moving to Nashville, I started hanging out at this gay club called Play all the time, and I made so many friends.”

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