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One of Australia's favourite Country music superstars, Beccy Cole, has publicly revealed her sexuality after deciding that doing so would set an example to her son "that to be yourself is the most important thing in the world".
Beccy said she was inspired to use the opportunity to come out as a lesbian on ABC Program, Australian Story, on air tonight, by her 13-year-old son Rikki.
"While you can have your privacy and all that, there are certain times and certain issues where I want to set an example to him," she said.
"I have never hidden who I am from him.
"What started me thinking about revealing this more publicly was he was bringing a friend home and said 'Don't worry mum, I haven't said anything'.
"My 13-year-old son was trying to protect me.
"It's such a crucial time for him and he needs to see his mum standing up."
The show is a close up look at her decision to be public with her sexuality after she came to the realisation she was gay when she split with her musician husband Mike Albeck when her son was six-months-old. Its a fantastic story that highlights her friendship with her ex husband, fellow chart topping stars and also delves into the possible impact it may have with her base of country music fans.
"I've watched people like Darren Hayes and Anthony Callea and at the end of the day, it is the music that matters," she said.
"About 20 years ago, kd lang was a country singer and she said Nashville wasn't ready for a vegan lesbian who sings country music.
"You would hope times have changed."
We have met Beccy several times at the Tamworth Music Awards, and she is an absolute sweetheart - the Guidetogay.com team wish her all the best!
Her Episode of Australian Story airs in Australia on ABC TONIGHT at 8pm. (AEST)