HARDY’s Wife, Caleigh Ryan, Grateful for Overwhelming Support Amid Singer’s Battle with Anxiety and Panic Attacks

“Thank you for being so understanding with my hubby,” she shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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October 6, 2023


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HARDY and Caleigh Ryan attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CMT)

HARDY’s wife, Caleigh Ryan, is speaking out after the genre-bending singer/songwriter was forced to cancel concerts after suffering due to crippling anxiety and panic attacks that led to his hospitalization. 

In a message to her 230,000+ followers, Caleigh expressed her deep gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring of support and kindness she and HARDY have received since he shared an honest update with fans about his mental health. 

“I just want to take a little sec to thank you all so much for your kind messages these past few days. The love and support has been overwhelming to say the least (in the best way possible) and it means more to us than you could ever imagine,” she wrote in an Instagram story on Friday afternoon (Oct. 6). 

Caleigh Ryan; Photo via Instagram Stories
Caleigh Ryan; Photo via Instagram Stories

“It can be really scary to put intimate pieces of your life out there, so thank you for being so understanding with my hubby,” she continued.  “If nothing else, just hearing how many people go through this or know someone who struggles, gives an immediate sense of community. Just remember that you are never ever alone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” 

Just three days ago, HARDY  shared a candid update with his fans to explain what he’s been going through behind the scenes. 

“I need to be honest with everyone for a second,” the award-winning singer/songwriter began. “I’ve been dealing with some serious anxiety since the bus accident last year and over the last two weeks, it has taken control of my life. It’s caused me to suffer many panic attacks which have landed me in the hospital.” 

He revealed that he is going to use this time off the road to center himself and focus on what’s important. 

“I need a moment to focus on me and to make myself better for my wife, family, and you, the fans,” HARDY explained. 

He then revealed plans to cancel and or reschedule a handful of concerts.

“My plan is to be back and focused on Oct. 12th. Thank you for understanding. See you soon,” he said in conclusion.  

HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

According to his official website, HARDY’s next scheduled tour date is set for Oct. 12 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The tour bus accident that HARDY referred to in his post took place on October 2, 2022.  According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer, the accident occurred when his tour bus overturned on Interstate 40 West near the Wilson-Davidson county line, just outside of Nashville, Tenn. HARDY and his team were returning to Nashville from a show in Bristol, Tenn.  

He detailed the incident in a social media post hours later.  

HARDY; Photo by Tanner Gallagher
HARDY; Photo by Tanner Gallagher

“Following last night’s show, our tour bus was in an accident on our way home from Bristol. There were just four of us, including myself, on the bus, however, we were all treated for significant injuries. Our friend, and bus driver needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital. His family is with him while he is being treated and we’re all pulling and praying for him,” HARDY wrote at the time. 

His bus driver, Ricky, was later released from the hospital to recover at home.

Headlining Tour

HARDY is in the midst of his headlining the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour, which kicked off with sold-out nights in Knoxville, Tenn. and Tuscaloosa, Ala. The trek, which features Lainey Wilson as a special guest, is set to run through December 9.

The news of HARDY’s canceled shows comes just days after the Mississippi native appeared at the first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards as a nominee and performer.  

HARDY took home the award for The Music Video of 2023 for “wait in truck” with Lainey Wilson.

HARDY: Photo by Katherine Bomboy/NBC
HARDY: Photo by Katherine Bomboy/NBC

During the show, he delivered a rowdy performance of his latest single “Truck Bed,” which began in the back of a truck bed outside of the Grand Ole Opry. HARDY later made his way to the iconic Opry stage for the remainder of his performance.

“I woke up on the wrong side of the truck bed this morning/ With a bone dry bottle of Jack I was pouring/ Damn, she got some nerve, when she kicked me to the curb/ Guess you can say I got what I deserve/ ‘Cause I woke up on the wrong side of the truck bed this morning, yeah,” HARDY sang from country music’s most famous stage.

Co-written by HARDY alongside Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, and Hunter Phelps, “Truck Bed” appears on HARDY’s latest album, the mockingbird & THE CROW, which arrived on January 20, 2023 via Big Loud Records. 

The project features 17 songs, including three collaborations: “Wait in the Truck” with Wilson, “Red” with Morgan Wallen, and “Radio Song” with A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon.

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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.