When Luke Bryan is not judging contestants on American Idol, recording a chart-topping new track, or winning CMA Awards, the country crooner has his hands full with his most important job of all: being a proud dad to five kids.
Despite his passion for music, which earned him a successful career in entertainment, it’s pretty evident that his family is his topmost priority at the moment. But what most people don’t know is that there’s more to his story. Luke and his wife Caroline Boyer, have two sons of their own, but their family nearly doubled in size when they’ve taken in his nephew and two nieces after a devastating tragedy struck in 2014.
How are Luke Bryan’s kids coping up? Let’s find out more below.
Thomas And Tatum Christopher
Shortly after Luke and Caroline married in 2006, the couple became first-time parents when they welcomed Thomas Boyer Bryan into the world on March 18, 2008. He got his name, Thomas, from his father’s real first name, though the family fondly calls him “Bo.”
The “All My Friends Say” singer told People, “I’m over the moon! Everyone is doing great! My fishing buddy is finally here! I thought being on stage was an amazing feeling, but there is nothing that can top watching my wife bring our son into this world. There is no way I would have missed this for anything.”
Two years after, the couple welcomed baby number 2. Tatum Christopher Bryan arrived a week earlier than planned as he came into the world on August 11, 2010. His family lovingly calls him “Tate.”
Now, Bo just turned 12 years old while Tate is already nine years old. Luke Bryan’s children can often be found hunting, fishing, and spending their days alongside their dad. Now, I know you’re wondering if Luke’s children want to follow their dad’s musical footsteps, given their exposure to Luke’s career.
Well, the country superstar doesn’t think so. “Not really,” Luke admitted though he has been trying. “I place it around them when we’re in the car, driving down the road. I try to mess with them. I want them to sing with me. Every now and again, I can really get them to commit to singing,” he explained.
“Every now and then, I’ll hear one of them in my writing room, just tinkering around on the piano. But if they come to me and go, ‘Daddy, I’m ready for drum lessons,’ then I’ll know how to facilitate all that.”
For now, Luke is contented to hear his two sons’ opinions on his music. “They hear the new albums, and they tell me which ones they like, which ones they don’t really care for,” he said.
“When they’re vocal about the ones they love, that’s really special, but they’re into everything,” Luke continued of his sons’ wide-ranging taste. “Bo listened to ‘I Like It.’ He listened to Cardi B … they’re all over the map.”
But what’s even more surprising is that Luke and wife Caroline Bryan’s two sons don’t care how many people think he is “cool” — he’s still just Dad to them. “It doesn’t faze them,” Luke said. “I wouldn’t say it gives me any more cool points. As long as I can play with them in the yard or wrestle with them on the floor, that’s pretty much all they’re concerned with.”
Suddenly, Luke And Caroline Became Parents To Teenagers
Luke and Caroline Bryan’s kids are growing up well while the country crooner is enjoying life as one of country music’s biggest stars, but things suddenly went south.
In 2007, Luke Bryan’s sister, Kelly, suddenly passed away due to a mysterious illness that was never identified. This left Luke’s brother in law, Ben Lee Cheshire, raising their three children by himself. Sadly, seven years later, Lee unexpectedly passed away too.
This prompted Luke, along with his wife Caroline, to step in and help raise the couple’s three children. During that time, nephew Til was 16, and his two nieces, Kris and Jordan, were college-age.
“We never thought twice about [adopting the kids],” Caroline said. “You know, it was never something that he and I had to sit down and talk about.’ Should we take this on?’ We just did that.”
Still, becoming parents to young adults, all of a sudden was an adjustment for the couple. Luke admitted that he’s had to navigate some tricky parenting waters.
“I woke up one day, and I’m raising a teen. And it’s a challenge because my main thing with Til is just properly giving the right amount of advice and realizing you’re talking to someone who is becoming an adult,” Luke told People. “I have to be that parent role where if he does something, he needs to get in trouble, but I want to be a friend to him too.”
And we’re glad to see how Luke has done a great job. Luke Bryan’s kids are growing up with the best southern values. Luke revealed his pride over the “manners” of his three boys.
“They’ve carved a path toward being gentlemen and gentlemanly boys,” Luke said. “And they’re just so different. They come home and sit down they do their homework, and I’m like, ‘I didn’t do that when I was a kid.'”
“They’re just well-rounded kids — learning farm life and how to live on a farm and do outdoor things.”
A despite the tricky situation he went through, Luke considers it an honor. “You don’t want to sound like you love having them so much that you’re glad it’s the situation, but we’re honored to be doing what we feel was the right thing,” Bryan told Billboard in 2015.
“We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we’ll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to ’em,” Luke said as he tried to keep an upbeat attitude despite tragedy. “You just have to plow on and play the hand that’s dealt.”
Regardless of their struggles, the couple and their kids will always have each other’s backs. Luke Bryan’s family of seven will surely take on all of life’s challenges together.