Country singer Chely Wright engaged to girlfriend Lauren Blitzer
"The freedom of being out and open about who I am allowed me to find and fall in love with Lauren, the most amazing woman I've ever known," Wright told People on Wednesday. The two plan to marry in Connecticut on Aug. 20, according to the mag.
Noting that she never thought something like this would happen so fast, Wright told E! News that they plan to have kids and "everything that everyone else has. I do want a family and I do want traditional things." (Getting married in front of 200 guests at a relative's house does fall into the traditional category.)
Folks who don't know Wright's name off the bat might remember her as the singer who had a thing going with Brad Paisley about a decade or so ago, and more recently as the star of last year's someone-famous-is-coming-out-the-first-Monday-in-May-who-could-it-be drama.
Publicist Howard Bragman, who also helped manage sexuality-related news about Meredith Baxter and Chaz Bono, jump-started the chatter mill for an audience primed by singer Ricky Martin's then-recent declaration that he was "proud to be a fortunate gay man."
When "someone famous" was revealed to be Wright, some gossips went from holding their breath to feeling a bit deflated. The disappointment, the Ministry's Leslie Gornstein opined at the time, grew from the fact that although Wright was indeed gay, and technically famous, she wasn't a gay megastar, and there wasn't much fun in that -- an attitude Gornstein noted just ain't country.
The couple, who met through youth advocacy work, "say that their passion for Scrabble holds them together," Wright's rep told People.
Early last year the singer also released her most recent album, "Lifted Off the Ground," as well as a memoir, "Like Me."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Chely Wright on April 15, 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times