Chris Daughtry's wife Deanna reveals she's bisexual

Chris Daughtry and his wife, Deanna, are opening up about their relationship.

The 39-year-old country singer's new single, "As You Are," is an emotional ballad, and in a new interview, he reveals that the song was written by his wife and is inspired by her struggle to embrace her bisexuality. The couple have been married since 2000, and Chris says he learned of her bisexuality shortly after they met and before he found fame when he placed fourth during season five of American Idol.

"I didn't care," Chris tells People about learning Deanna had been in a relationship with a woman in the past. "I didn't feel threatened. I wanted her to be happy with who she was and not hide that or be ashamed."

However, embracing her bisexuality wasn't that simple for 46-year-old Deanna.

"I was hiding and shutting down a part of myself, and it was causing me to shut down so many good, beautiful things about myself," she says. "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."

Deanna wrote the emotional lyrics of "As You Are" in 2015, after undergoing therapy and learning to accept herself. Some of the lyrics include "You're feeling isolate/And all kinds of frustrate/But I love you as you are ... And don't worry about the hate/It don't fit in those boxes they create/And it's tearing you apart."

Chris says he's "super proud" of his wife's honesty.

"It's very important for people to know what the song is about and where it really came from," Chris says about why they're choosing to share the personal meaning behind it. "Otherwise we're not being authentic with the song. ... We're both after the same goal, and that's being our true selves to each other."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musician Chris Daughtry (R) and wife Deanna Daughtry arrive at the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Chris Daughtry (R) and wife Deanna Daughtry arrive at the Sony/BMG Grammy After Party held on February 10, 2008 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
Singer Chris Daughtry (right) and wife Deanna attend the 2008 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Chris Daughtry and wife Deanna at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musician Chris Daughtry (R) and wife Deanna Robertson arrive to the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Deanna Daughtry (L) and recording artist Chris Daughtry attend Amazon's Golden Globe Awards Celebration at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Deanna Daughtry and Chris Daughtry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2011/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Deanna Daughtry and singer/musician Chris Daughtry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2011/Getty Images for AMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Chris Daughtry (R) and Deanna Daughtry arrives at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/AMA2011/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Deanna Daughtry and Chris Daughtry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2011/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Chris Daughtry and wife Deanna Daughtry arrive to the Premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Hancock" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 30, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musician Chris Daughtry (R) and wife Deanna Robertson arrive to the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Chris Daughtry and wife Deanna arrive to the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musician Chris Daughtry (R) and wife Deanna Daughtry arrive at the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Singer Chris Daughtry (right) and wife Deanna attend the 2008 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
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