Jelly Roll And Wife Bunnie XO Reveal Plans To Expand Their Family

“God Willing- Baby DeFord…”


Lauren Jo Black

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June 4, 2024


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Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 16, 2024 in Frisco, Texas; Photo Courtesy ACM

Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO are looking to expand their family in the near future. During an appearance on the Bussin With Boys podcast, the genre-bending star shared this news, explaining that the idea of having another child has motivated him to focus on his health.

“My wife and I are talking about having a baby, and it really made me realize that at almost 40, I was like, it means I got to live to at least 60. I got to see this kid in college,” he said.  

The Tennessee native later confessed that he never expected to live beyond his mid-fifties, but now he has a reason to stay alive and healthy for many years to come.

“My plan was never to be 60, it was to be like 55. But now I’m like, well, I’d like to see my sixties. You know what I mean? And that really lit it up,” he explained. 

Bunnie XO shared a clip of the podcast on social media alongside an emotional message to her followers revealing that they are using In vitro fertilization (IVF) in an attempt to get pregnant.  

“We had planned on doing this privately but decided our IVF journey needed to be shared because we’ve always been so open. And w/ all odds stacked against us, it’s already been hard and we have only just begun,” she wrote. 

The Dumb Blonde Podcast host explained that they are exploring all avenues to “add to our family” and have been actively consulting with IVF doctors. 

As fans can imagine, the couple is experiencing a wide range of emotions as they navigate this process. They hope to welcome their third child next year. 

“J & I are so excited and scared all at the same time. We genuinely never thought we’d want to add to our family but something changed this year and we both just want a piece of us together to add to our already perfect family with Bailee and Noah,” she shared in the caption. 

Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT
Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT

Bailee Ann, 16, and Noah, 7, are Jelly Roll’s children from previous relationships. While Bunnie XO is not their biological mom, she co-parents them alongside Jelly Roll and considers them her own.

She closed her post by asking fans to send “love” their way as they navigate this IVF journey. 

Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO will have plenty of room for their growing fans as they recently purchased a 500-acre property in the Nashville area. Bunnie XO dubbed it their “forever farm.” They hope to build two studios, a “three to four-acre” pond, and more. 

The couple wed in 2016 and have been inseparable ever since. They often let fans into their lives via social media, showcasing an unfiltered look at life at home and on the road.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.