Country Star Maren Morris Announces She Is Bisexual During Pride Month

Country star Maren Morris comes out as bisexual, celebrates Pride Month with social media post

Maren Morris in New York City in December 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CINDY ORD/GETTY)
Maren Morris in New York City in December 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CINDY ORD/GETTY)

Maren Morris, a prominent figure in the country music scene, has openly declared her bisexuality in a heartfelt social media post during LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

The 34-year-old singer-songwriter shared the news on Sunday, June 9, with photos of herself proudly holding Pride flags during a stop on her RSVP Redux Tour in Phoenix.

“Happy to be the B in LGBTQ+,” Morris wrote, celebrating her identity and expressing solidarity with the community.

This announcement comes after a period of significant personal change for Morris. In October 2023, she filed for divorce from her husband of five years, Ryan Hurd, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple, who have a 4-year-old son named Hayes, finalized their divorce in January 2024.

Morris has long been an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, using her platform to speak out against discrimination and promote inclusivity.

Her advocacy is not new; in a June 2023 interview with Billboard, Morris voiced her concerns about the rising number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills being introduced at the state level in the U.S. “The fact is, they don’t have solutions for actual problems — this is their niche thing that they get to go off on,” she remarked, specifically criticizing the push for anti-drag legislation.

Maren Morris in Washington DC in March 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TAYLOR HILL/WIREIMAGE)
Maren Morris in Washington DC in March 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TAYLOR HILL/WIREIMAGE)

The Grammy winner discussed the impact these bills have on the culture in southern states like Texas and Tennessee, where she has strong personal ties.

“I’m from Texas, I live in Tennessee, and I do love the community I have there, but these bills almost incentivize us to turn on one another,” Morris noted.

She drew a parallel to historical instances of community betrayal, likening the current climate to Nazi Germany, where people were encouraged to report on their neighbors.

Morris also emphasized the responsibility of country music artists to stand up for queer individuals. She has faced backlash for her activism, often being told to “shut up and sing.”

Despite this, Morris remains steadfast in her belief that artists have a duty to use their influence for good. “I have heard the term ‘Shut up and sing’ more times than I can count — that’s always the cutesy little threat that they like to make,” she said.

Addressing her peers in the music industry, Morris urged them to take a stand. “I don’t think any of us got into this art form to be an activist, but that’s ultimately thrust upon you to exist in this space and to feel like you can sleep at night,” she stated.

Maren Morris in New York City on May 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TAYLOR HILL/WIREIMAGE)
Maren Morris in New York City on May 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TAYLOR HILL/WIREIMAGE)

Morris acknowledged that taking a stand might result in losing fans, but she believes it is essential for creating a more inclusive and supportive environment.

“You’re going to lose fans along the way — that is just part and parcel of being public-facing. But there is a lane that you’re widening; I see it year over year at my shows, the crowd feels so diverse and so safe,” she continued.

Morris’s public declaration of her bisexuality is a significant moment for her and the country music community, which has often been seen as conservative and slow to embrace diversity.

Her openness about her identity and her continued advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights are likely to inspire many within the community and beyond.

As Pride Month continues, Morris’s message of acceptance and love resonates strongly.

Her willingness to speak out and share her truth underscores the importance of visibility and representation in all facets of life, including the often-traditional world of country music.

Her announcement is a reminder that progress is being made, and every voice counts in the fight for equality and justice.

In the wake of her announcement, Morris has received an outpouring of support from fans and fellow artists.

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