Chris Daughtry’s latest single is also his wife’s coming out.
In a new interview with People, the rock star and his wife Deanna open up about her revelation that she is bisexual in the song “As You Are”, which she co-wrote.
Chris recalls the day Deanna handed him the lyrics she’d written for the song.
“She basically said, ‘If this inspires you, feel free to use it,’” he says. “She kind of downplayed it and walked away, which made me want to read it even more.”
Realizing what the song was about, Chris remembers, “It just felt very real and very honest. I instantly started hearing the chorus in my head.”
Deanna had revealed to Chris soon after they met in 2000 that she had not only been previously married to a man but had also dated a woman.
“I didn’t care,” Chris says. “I didn’t feel threatened. I wanted her to be happy with who she was and not hide that or be ashamed.”
For Deanna, though, it wasn’t so easy at first.
“I was hiding and shutting down a part of myself,” she admits, “and it was causing me to shut down so many good, beautiful things about myself. As I built these walls up to protect myself, I was creating a prison, and I couldn’t fully experience life and people couldn’t fully experience me — and it’s all based on fear.”
Thinking of the moment in 2015 that she wrote about her sexuality in lyrics, Deanna says, “I really wanted to be vulnerable and say, ‘This is who I am. I love me. I hope you will love me, but if you don’t, that’s okay because I still have myself, and I do have people that love me as I am, and that’s all I want.’”