Everyday Sunday frontman Trey Pearson came out in an open letter to his fans on Tuesday and revealed his road to accepting his sexuality.
The 35-year-old singer, who is married with two children, revealed he was gay in the letter published by Religious News Services.
“I never wanted to be gay. I was scared of what God would think and what all of these people I loved would think about me,” Pearson wrote. “But if this honesty with myself about who I am, and who I was made by God to be, doesn’t constitute as the peace that passes all understanding, then I don’t know what does. It is like this weight I have been carrying my whole life has been lifted from me, and I have never felt such freedom.”
Pearson continued that he had been “suppressing these attractions and feelings since adolescence.” He says he tried his whole life to be straight, even marrying a woman and having children. Eventually Pearson quietly came out to a few people, including his wife.
While driving for Uber, a side job Pearson had picked up to make extra money, he revealed to a passenger that he was gay and the only person who knew was his wife. The stranger was Travis Hoewischer, a writer for Ohio magazine 614 Columbus.
Hoewischer ended up writing an editorial on Pearson for the magazine.
“There is a weight that has been lifted, and I have never felt so free. I cannot even believe the joy and lightness I feel from being able to accept myself, and love myself, for who I truly am … but I have also lost some of the closest people in my life,” Pearson told 614 Columbus.
“I have felt betrayal by people I loved a lot, and cared so much about. I have had some church people act like the worst people I have ever experienced in my life. I have some people in my life who I have felt a shift in the way they love me, and the way they see me. I want to be loved for who I am, not in spite of who I am. I’m starting over in so many ways. It is freeing, but it’s also starting out lonely,” Pearson says.
Everyday Sunday was founded in 1997 and its 2009 album “Best Night of Our Lives” broke into the Billboard Top 200 list.