Steve Grand for DNA magazine (Pic: Tom Cullis)

Steve Grand for DNA magazine (Pic: Tom Cullis)

As sexy underwear photos of openly gay country singing sensation Steve Grand emerge, he’s confessed that he tried to turn himself straight.

The 23-year-old came out of nowhere last week with his moody ode to unrequited love, All-American Boy, and its accompanying video, which he funded himself.

The video has now been viewed almost a million times on YouTube and Grand has become a media sensation, touted as the first openly gay American male country singer.

A series of revealing modelling photos of the rising star have also emerged on the internet, in which Grand flaunts his buff body in his underwear for DNA magazine and various photographers.

Speaking about the pictures, Grand told TheBacklot: “I knew that my modelling pictures that I did previously – which I am absolutely not ashamed of! I don’t regret them or think they’re a bad thing; the human body is something to be celebrated – would come up.”

Grand also spoke in the interview about his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality and revealed that he was in therapy for five tears in an effort to become straight.

“I struggled with my identity, and not just my sexual orientation. In any way a person can struggle with identity, I have. It’s been very painful and been very taxing. It’s really driven me crazy, not knowing who I am or where I stand,” said the singer.

“I was so consumed by the voices I grew up hearing, like the voices of my parents telling me I need to change…”

Grand explained that his therapist had helped in some ways “even though I’ve come to really believe that homosexuality is not a bad thing, or sinful, and not something that God wants you to rid yourself of…”

“Some of [this therapy] was actually helpful – I was able to talk to someone, he was so compassionate, and he really believed in me. We just ended up having a completely different perspective,” said the star.

Watch the video for All-American Boy below.

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