12/10/2014 11:14 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Ty Herndon Steps Out With Boyfriend Matt Collum (PHOTOS)

Just weeks after opening up about his sexuality in the media, country star Ty Herndon has made his first public appearance with his boyfriend of five years, Matt Collum.

The handsome pair walked the red carpet at the 2014 TrevorLIVE event in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, People magazine first reported.

"I looked at him and said, 'You know, once we walk this carpet, you're totally gay,'" Herndon, 52, quipped to People. "He looked at me and said 'Dude!' He has a great sense of humor."

Herndon, who is best known for hits like "What Mattered Most" and "It Must Be Love," came out as a "proud and happy gay man" in interviews with both People and Entertainment Tonight last month.

The singer, who has been previously married and divorced to women twice, said, "I've done a lot of work around forgiveness with people that I've hurt and people I've not been honest with because of my sexuality."

But he hasn't ruled out tying the knot with Collum. He also said the couple, who are devout Christians, weren't concerned about how to reconcile their faith with their sexuality: "We get to choose who we love, and that includes God, and He loves us back."



Ty Herndon & Matt Collum