On Feb. 3, 2021, country music star T.J. Osborne — the frontman of duo Brothers Osborne — publicly came out as a gay man in an interview with TIME magazine. The country community and Hollywood stars took to social media to react to the news, including T.J.'s bandmate and brother, John Osborne, and fellow country artist Dierks Bentley. "I'm very proud of my brother today. He's taken one of the most important steps of his entire life and he's doing it in front of the entire world. He's always had my support no matter what. He will continue to have my support. It's an honor to call him my brother. He's a beautiful, amazing human being, so talented, so caring, so giving, and it's an honor to have a member of my family be a member of the LGBTQIA community. Proud of you, T.J. Love you, man," John said in an Instagram video. Added Dierks of T.J. on Twitter, "Love this guy right here. @brothersosborne. Happy you are telling your story dude." Keep reading to see what more stars had to say after T.J. shared his truth…
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"Overcome with joy. He's one of my best friends and one of the bravest people I know. Love you, TJ. Celebrating you today." –Kacey Musgraves
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"So inspiring to so many! Thank you for sharing 🌟" —Reese Witherspoon
"Love you, TJ OSBORNE! Proud to know you and thankful for your story!" Ryan Hurd wrote on social media, while his wife, Maren Morris, praised T.J. with one word: "Legend."
"TJ, I hope you feel so supported today. It's a brave thing to be wholly you in a world and industry that would rather you hide pieces of you behind a mask. #lgbtq #whollyloved" –LeAnn Rimes
"Good on you buddy. Much love," Charles Kelley of Lady A shared. Added his wife, Cassie Kelley, on Twitter, "Very proud of you, TJ! Sending you ALL the love & cheering you on."
"Could not love you more, @tjosborne … TJ is a friend and sometimes cowriter of mine. He is inspirational to me in music and in life. I'm always proud of him, but especially today. " –Mary Steenburgen
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay both showed their support for T.J. Osborne on social media. "love you brother," Dan wrote. Added Shay: "Freaking love you my friend."
"Amen and yes. Beautiful story. Incredible person. #nevergiveup" –Kristian Bush of Sugarland
"Hell yes TJ" –Jason Isbell
"TJ is one of my favorite people in town. Not just favorite artist, but person. Love that you're getting to tell your story." –Bobby Bones
"We love you so much TJ!" –Mickey Guyton
"Welcome home. So brave. So beautiful" –Leslie Jordan
"Love you TJ. So proud!!!!" –Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town
"TJ!!! I'm super proud of you dude. I love the person you are and your heart. Thankful for your courage. " –Jimmie Allen
"Well done, T.J. Osborne. You're nobody's whisper anymore," tweeted Chely Wright, the country music artist who herself made headlines when she came out in 2010. "You have just changed and saved a whole lot of lives; chief among them, your own."
"Hoping today is a big step forward for country music. We have always been friends, fans, and supporters of the @brothersosborne and the 4 of us couldn't be happier that [T.J.] is telling his story." –Eli Young Band
"Proud of you, T.J ." –Michelle Branch
"Awesome Brother!" –Jon Pardi
"We love you TJ. Thank you for being YOU," Cassadee Pope commented on T.J.'s Instagram while she added another loving message on his brother and bandmate John's Instagram, writing, "A family's support is the most important thing. Didn't expect anything less from you. Love you guys!!"
"Proud to have met/shared stages with this super talented artist several times! Great article. Respect @brothersosborne" –Chris Young
"Yesssss. Love everything about this!!💕" –Lauren Alaina
"Love and peace to you, brother!" –Charles Esten
"One of the best guys I know. Proud of you, TJ! @brothersosborne" –Carly Pearce
"Congratulations TJ Osborne. There is nothing that can compare to living your life openly and authentically, and this will make a difference in the lives of so many. Proud of you, man." –Ty Herndon, the country music singer who himself made headlines when he publicly came out as a gay man in 2014
"Proud to know you TJ @brothersosborne Much love & respect. -tc3" –The Cadillac Three
"Love you pal" –Lori McKenna
"Stoked for this guy. Mad respect. Legends. @brothersosborne" –Morgan Evans
"Mf hero love u my guy" –Ruston Kelly
"Could not be more proud to know you, TJ" –Jillian Jacqueline