Seems like somebody forgot to invite us to the funeral of out and proud country singer Josey Greenwell, who you may remember dated former A-List New York cast member Rodiney Santiago.
Greenwell, who landed the cover of DNA Magazine in 2011 and performed at several pride events in 2012, was miraculously reborn as ‘straight‘ country singer Nate Green a few months ago after his P.R. team scrubbed all of his ‘openly-gay’ social media profiles about six months ago.
According to WEHO Confidential:
One fan actually got a message from Nate Green/Josey Greenwell stating that if he did not stop trying to post gay related comments on Nate Green’s sites he was going to use legal action against him.
Here is what Greenwell told DNA magazine in 2011 about being an out and proud country singer:
After we had been recording for months, they found out I was gay and dropped me from the record label and debut album wasn’t released. I ended up finishing the project myself and spent all that year promoting it myself and trying to get any kind of help I could. They said, “Music isn’t ready for something as controversial as you and we sure as hell wont be the first label to have it.”
I don’t think that is true at all and actually think music is READY for someone like me to come along! Music can put someone on such a pedestal and it’s up to them whether or not they use that for the greater good and I definitely feel like I am not only strong enough, but now brave enough to be able to stand up for millions of people out there just like me and stand as a role model with my music. I have launched myself full force into the country/pop world and am definitely looking for any opportunity to share my story. It took me a long time to be ok with the fact that what happened with the label “wasn’t” ok to do.
Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I’m proud of mine nonetheless.(Emphasis mine)
Openly gay singer Cody Belew, who appeared on Season 3 of The Voice, told Out & About Nashville: “I don’t understand how they’re going to rebrand Josey and actually hope to separate him from his past, but I do understand why they want to do it.”
‘Deceased’ gay singer Josey Greenwell playing at Motor City Pride in Detroit, MI on June 2nd, 2012:
You may remember Greenwell’s cover of Britney’s “I Wanna Go” which he has since been deleted from YouTube:
Here is Josey, I mean Nate’s new music video for ‘Wild and Free’ where he totally gets to act the straight part for his country fans:
Out & About Nashville notes:
Here are some more videos of Josey he probably wants deleted from the internet:
(Make sure to check out Josey’s new Facebook page here.)[H/T: Bilerico]