The CMT star came out as gay in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE in January

By Karen Mizoguchi
June 07, 2017 07:51 PM
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After coming out as gay in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE in January, CMT host Cody Alan made his red carpet debut with partner Michael Smith at the 2017 CMT Music Awards.

Alan, 31, and occupational therapist Smith walked hand-in-hand at Wednesday’s show in Nashville, and were all smiles.

“I’ve wanted to share this part of my life, but I now have gotten to the point where it just feels right, and I’m at peace with where I am enough to be able to express it,” Alan — who co-hosted the 2017 CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Specialpreviously told PEOPLE.

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The iHeartRadio personality got married at 24, and shares a daughter and son, now 18 and 14, with his ex-wife.

In addition to coming out in his private life, Alan began dating and has since found happiness with Smith.

“He’s an amazing person — incredibly strong and confident and loving — and he’s really helped me face these battles,” Alan said to PEOPLE. “He’s already battled so much of what I’ve been or am going through, so his strength has boosted my own confidence.”

The 2017 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on CMT on June 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST.