Greenwell posing with Rodiney Santiago, whom he was dating, for DNA Magazine in 2011. (x)
Josey Greenwell was an openly gay singer and model who dated former “A-List New York” cast member Rodiney Santiago. He has since gone back in the closet as “straight” country singer Nate Green.
Greenwell had a following on social media sites like YouTube and landed the cover of DNA Magazine in 2011, where he posed with Santiago. He also performed at several pride events in 2012. However, he has now been rebranded as “straight” country singer Nate Green. About six months ago, Greenwell’s P.R. team removed all his openly gay social networking profiles.
“He deletes or hides any gay comments about him or any comments revealing he is really Josey Greenwell and gay,” according to WEHO Confidential. “We googled and found a few local or web live interviews that he has done as Nate Green along with a few obscure articles where he denies being gay or tries to be straight.”
They go on to say, “He only features straight women and girls and a few seemingly straight guys to comment on his sites or follow him or become his friend or fan online. One fan actually got a message from Nate Green/Josey Greenwell stating that if he did not stop trying to post gay related comments on Nate Green’s sites he was going to use legal action against him.”
Cody Belew, openly gay singer who appeared on Season 3 of “The Voice,” told Out & About Nashville, “I don’t understand how they’re going to rebrand Josey and actually hope to separate him from his past, but I do understand why they want to do it.”
Greenwell was signed to a record label, but got dropped after they found out he was gay. “They said, ‘Music isn’t ready for something as controversial as you and we sure as hell wont be the first label to have it,'” he told DNA Magazine in 2011.
I don’t think that is true at all and actually think music is READY for someone like me to come along! Music can put someone on such a pedestal and it’s up to them whether or not they use that for the greater good and I definitely feel like I am not only strong enough, but now brave enough to be able to stand up for millions of people out there just like me and stand as a role model with my music. I have launched myself full force into the country/pop world and am definitely looking for any opportunity to share my story. It took me a long time to be ok with the fact that what happened with the label “wasn’t” ok to do. Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I’m proud of mine nonetheless.