Jelly Roll’s Heartfelt Tribute To Wife Bunnie XO Brings Her to Tears

“She saved me in one of the darkest times of my life,” the “Son Of A Sinner” singer wrote.


Lauren Jo Black

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July 9, 2023


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Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO DeFord at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Gilbert Flores, for PMC, ACM Awards

Jelly Roll brought his wife, Bunnie XO, to tears with a heartfelt “appreciation post” in honor of his bride. 

The “Son Of A Sinner” singer took to social media on Friday (July 7) to share kind words about his other half. He acknowledged that while he receives significant recognition for his achievements, it’s his wife, Bunnie, who deserves acknowledgment for her own remarkable journey. 

“A lot is often said or made about my story, but the truth is, I’ve never been moved more by a story than the story of my wife. To watch what this woman has overcame and her passion and determination to be something better has inspired me from the moment I met her,” he began. 

A Sweet Message

Jelly Roll and Bunnie; Photo Courtesy CMA
Jelly Roll and Bunnie; Photo Courtesy CMA

Jelly Roll proceeded to elaborate on the invaluable support he has received from his wife as he navigated his personal path, all the while witnessing her own growth and establishment in her respective domain.

He Praised Her Work Ethic

“She saved me in one of the darkest times of my life. She has been nothing but supportive. I remember her sitting at our kitchen table and her talking to me about the vision she had to start the Dumb Blonde Podcast and how it was her means to end working in the sex industry for good,” he wrote. “I watched her build her own platform, her own podcast and her own team with ZERO help from me. She wanted to do it on her own, she didn’t want to be just ‘Jelly Roll’s wife’ she wanted to build her own empire to empower women and share her story in hopes that it could motivate others to believe that they could change their lives and be happy.”

As he watched her build her podcast and a community on Patreon, Jelly Roll remained in awe of his wife and her accomplishments. He said he looks forward to their next adventure together as they embark on his first-ever arena tour.  

“NOW SHE IS COMING ON TOUR WITH ME AND DOING HER OWN MEET AND GREET (that I’ll be crashing as many of them as I can) watching you take this thing to the moon has been nothing short of incredible to watch- so so so so happy for you baby,” he shared. “Let’s keep changing the world a little at a time.”

She Responded

Bunnie was quick to respond. 

“The sweetest boy- I love you,” she shared and later added, “I’m crying at the dinner table 😭😭😭  You have always been my reason, my why & my strength. I love you to the moon & deepest galaxies ✨💫🌙 Let’s keep probing them wrong & taking shit over – Your ace 🪄”

2023 Tour

The self-proclaimed “Trailer Park Barbara Walters” will be offering meet-and-greets on Jelly Roll’s upcoming Backroad Baptism Tour. Bunnie XO’s VIP package, produced by VIP Nation, includes a meet and greet with Bunnie XO as well as a special photo opportunity with Bunnie XO, an autographed VIP poster, VIP-exclusive Bunnie XO gift item, VIP laminate and a dedicated entrance and on-site VIP team.

Alongside Bunnie XO, fans who purchase the VIP package will have the opportunity to meet Mimi, Haley, and their beloved family dog, Chachi.

“I love you guys. I can’t wait to touch all your butts and give you big kisses on tour,” Bunnie XO said.


Replying to @skittles_1995 see y’all soon 🎉 #jellyandbunnie

♬ original sound – Bunnie Xo 🪄

Jelly Roll and Bunnie first met at one of the Nashville native’s concerts on Fremont Street in Las Vegas at The Country Saloon in 2015. Nearly a year later, the couple tied the knot on August 31, 2016.

The couple is preparing to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary next month.

Jelly Roll is set to kick off his massive 44-date headlining arena tour, dubbed the Backroad Baptism Tour, on Friday, July 28 at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southhaven, Mississippi. 

Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers, the Backroad Baptism Tour will run through Saturday, October 14, where the trek will wrap up in Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

“The Backroad Baptism Tour is a big one for me, y’all! I’m bringing my friends out on the road this summer, and I can’t wait to see every one of you mutherf***ers at a show,” Jelly Roll shared.

Ashley McBryde, Caitlynne Curtis, Chase Rice, Elle King, Merkules, Struggle Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, Yelawolf will serve as support on select dates of the tour.

Album Out Now

The Backroad Baptism Tour comes in support of Jelly Roll’s recently released debut full-length country record, WHITSITT CHAPEL, which arrived on June 2 via BMG/Stoney Creek Records.

Jelly Roll -- Whitsitt Chapel
Jelly Roll — Whitsitt Chapel

The project, named after the church the Antioch native grew up attending, features 13 tracks, including the fan-favorite tunes “NEED A FAVOR” and “SHE.”

“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems,” Jelly Roll previously shared in a statement.

Additionally, WHITSITT CHAPEL also includes three collaborations. Brantley Gilbert and Struggle Jennings joins Jelly Roll on “Behind Bars” and Yelawolf is featured on “Unlive,” while Lainey Wilson teamed up with the 38-year-old hitmaker to recreate his fan-favorite tune, “Save Me.”

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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.