Gilman posted a message to You Tube, thanking Herndon for breaking the ice.
He preferred telling his fans directly, from the comfort of home, to sitting down with the press, he said.
Country singer Ty Herndon says he started revealing his sexuality to friends and family years ago, but he came out publicly this month in an interview with People magazine.
Here are some other celebrities who've navigated coming out in Hollywood: Anna Paquin celebrated LGBT Pride Month in June by proudly declaring her status as a "happily married bisexual mother." The "True Blood" actress has been wed to her co-star Stephen Moyer, right, since 2010, the same year she initially shared her sexual orientation with the public.
He met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school, and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band Sweet Children when the two were 15 years old.
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Each takes the stage twice then tomorrow night, the top eight will be cut to the top four for the finals.
(CNN) -- There are plenty of country songs about how to be a man.