Darius Rucker And His Wife Beth Have The Sweetest Love Story
Darius Rucker first met his wife Beth in 1998. At the time, he was enjoying the height of Hootie &…
Darius Rucker and wife Beth Leonard; Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
Darius Rucker first met his wife Beth in 1998. At the time, he was enjoying the height of Hootie & the Blowfish’s success and she was working at VH1 in New York.
Rucker spent the next year trying to convince her to date him. When she acquiesced, he immediately knew they were going to spend the rest of their lives together.
“I don’t know what it was about her. I mean, it was everything about her,” Rucker shared of his bride. “I told her I was going to marry her on our first date.”
His premonition was correct. The pair tied the knot on December 9, 2000.
Beth gave birth to their first child, Daniella, the following year. Their son Jack came along in 2005 and their family was then complete (Rucker is also father to Caroline from a previous relationship).
The singer credits a great deal of his success to his wife. In fact, she was the one who convinced him to pursue his dream of recording a country album.
“He’s a great singer and he writes great songs. He had to do it,” she previously explained to Parade.
They faced their share of struggles over the years, but they have managed to see their marriage through. It’s something that the award-winning singer does not take for granted.
“Beth’s a strong woman. It takes a strong woman to be married to a musician, especially a musician who was drinking and partying as hard as I was, and I think life for us is where we are now,” he shared. “It took a long time for us to get to where we are now, and we say to each other all the time, ‘I love us. I love our family. I love us.’”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.