Lainey Wilson Reveals She’s Been Dating Boyfriend Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges For Over Two Years: ‘He Is Good As Gold’

The country singer couldn’t help but to gush over her longtime boyfriend.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 2, 2023

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Devlin Duck Hodges, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC-6

Lainey Wilson got fans talking when she attended at the 2023 ACM Awards with her boyfriend on May 11. As she strutted down the red carpet in her stunning silk jumpsuit, Devlin “Duck” Hodges, made an appearance by her side for the very first time. 

Until this big reveal, the country singer/songwriter had stayed pretty quiet to the public about her dating life. However, during a recent interview with Bobby Bones on The Bobby Bones Show, Wilson opened up about her relationship, sharing that she’s actually been with the former NFL quarterback for over two and a half years.

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Devlin Duck Hodges, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC
Devlin Duck Hodges, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC

“He’s been around for a while. I just decided to make him wait for two and a half years,” Wilson told Bones before adding that he’s a “good dude.”

“He knows what it’s like chasing a dream because he’s done that for himself. He was in the NFL. He tried out literally for the Steelers and made it and had a really great run with them. Went out to LA Rams and did that now. But I’ll tell you, he is good as gold. Supports me, would never come in between anything that I’m trying to do. He’s like, ‘go get it, girl.’ And I made him wait for a while. I mean…it’s been a little over two years now.”


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Hodges showcased his support for Wilson throughout the night of the award show as he was seen cheering her on through each of her epic performances and wins in four categories: Female Artist of the Year, Album Of The Year (Bell Bottom Country), Music Event Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” feat. HARDY), Visual Media Of The Year for “Wait In The Truck.” 

He was previously signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers and goes by the nickname, “Duck.” As she discussed this topic with Bones, Lainey Wilson recounted a memory from her performance in Pittsburgh on Luke Combs’ World Tour that sparked rumors after she was seen wearing her boyfriend’s jersey on stage. 

“Well, what’s funny is literally a couple weeks before the show, we had played out in Pittsburgh and me and my band, we all wore Duck Hodges jerseys. And so that kind of started a few rumors,” she joked.

The “Heart Like A Truck” singer then went on to share that Hodges seems to be fitting in well with her circle of friends and fellow country stars. 

“But it’s so great. I mean, he’s buddies with all my buddies. He’ll FaceTime me and he’ll be with HARDY or he’ll be with Cole Swindell and all of them. I’m like, can you please stop taking my friends?”

Origin Of The Nickname “Duck”

While playing a game of trivia that tested her knowledge of her boyfriend, the Louisiana native explained that the name “Duck” actually stems from his days of playing football in college. 

“First of all, if you read something online, it probably ain’t right,” she began. “His college football coach was like, ‘you’re one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever worked with. And you remind me a lot of one of my favorite quarterbacks I got to work with years ago, and we called him Duck.’ And so him and the team just kind of started calling him Duck. Turns out he was also a duck hunter.”

The game also revealed a few other fun facts about Hodges, most of which Wilson already knew. Bones shared that he won the state duck-calling championship in Alabama, holds an NCAA FCS career record for the most passing yards from his time at Samford College and made his NFL debut against the Ravens. 

On Tour Now

Lainey Wilson continues to dominate the country music industry as she showcases her undeniable talent live on stage. She is currently on the road in support of Luke Combs’ wildly successful World Tour, which brings the country stars to stadiums across the U.S.

In addition to touring with Combs this summer, Wilson is also expected to appear at several festivals including CMA Fest, Lollapalooza, Watershed, and more.

A complete list of Lainey Wilson’s upcoming tour dates can be viewed HERE.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.