Longtime fans and followers of country singer Brooke Eden are likely aware that the musician’s been in a relationship with a woman named Hilary Hoover for several years. Now, the singer has decided to share the full tale about the partner she calls her soulmate and "love of her life."
Eden has "never really told [the] story," she writes alongside a video she shared earlier this month.
"I started by posting pictures of us," the musician says. "Then started using vague words to describe who she was to me. Finally, a little over a year ago, I got comfortable enough to tell y’all."
As Eden proceeds to explain in the slideshow of her and Hoover set to Ed Sheeran‘s "Perfect," country music industry pressures initially had her hiding her relationship. But her love for Hoover — a Nashville-based promo director who’s worked with Garth Brooks — eventually broke that barrier.
"I’m Brooke Eden and I’m a country singer," the musician relays atop the heartwarming clips. "I met the love of my life my first week of radio tour! … Her name is Hilary, and we’re soulmates. But they told us that if I wanted to keep my career in country music, that we’d have to keep our relationship a secret. So we kept our love a secret for 3.5 years. About a year ago, we decided we wouldn’t be silenced."
From there, Brooke and Hilary started to "live [their] love out loud," the singer shares.
"Soon, we started feeling supported by everyone around us," Eden adds. "I still get to do what I love. My record label is on board, and I’m recording new music videos and Hilary is gonna be in them with me."
Hoover re-shared the singer’s romantic rundown on her own Instagram.
Eden isn’t the only LGBTQ country musician: Chely Wright was seen as a trailblazer when she revealed that she was gay in 2010. Since then, artists such as Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman have also come out.