Luke Bryan Is ‘Proud’ Of The Balance He Has Found In His Life As A Celebrity And A Father

The Georgia native strives to maintain a life as a “real human.”


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 18, 2024


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Luke Bryan; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

Luke Bryan has accomplished a lot in his life and career, but when it comes down to it, it’s not the fame or the number of awards that he’s most proud of, it’s the home and the family he’s built with his wife, Caroline and their two sons, Thomas “Bo” Boyer Bryan, 16, and Tatum “Tate” Christopher Bryan, 13.

Living Life To The Fullest Both A Celebrity And A “Real Human”

The country star and longtime American Idol judge admits he strives to balance his star status with normalcy. When he’s not performing around the world, hosting major award shows, or recording new music, he’s making the time to watch his “all-American boys” do “all-American things” like play in baseball games or spend a day fishing in the pond. 

“I’ve been able to be a big celebrity and live the celebrity life, but the fact that I’ve also been able to live a real human too, and not to the point to where I had to sacrifice a lot of stuff because I was a celebrity. I don’t hide in the house and not leave the house so worried that somebody’s going to want to picture while I’m eating dinner or lunch. So I’m most proud of where I’m at right now,” Bryan told Country Now and other outlets.

He added that he has “very few regrets” when it comes to his career and the music he’s made along the way.

“You’ve got to make a thousand decisions and 10 of them aren’t going to go the way you want. I’ve got some of those, but for the most part, my path and trajectory was all done exactly how I wanted to.”

Luke Bryan; Photo by Jim Wright
Luke Bryan; Photo by Jim Wright

Bryan Isn’t Slowing Down Anytime Soon

It has been 17 years since Bryan released his debut single, “All My Friends Say,” a song which still finds its way to his set list as it remains a fan favorite. He was proud to say that even this many years into his career, he is still just as excited about the music he’s making today. That being said, the Georgia native plans to continue making the most out of his career, as long as the fans keep showing up, while also being present for his kids.

“My main thing is just waking up, drinking coffee, having fun in the day, and still wanting to have the desire to make relevant music that my fans want to hear,” he explained. “The second that I see empty seats everywhere and the vibe kind of being a little not what I’m used to, then I’ll figure out the next road to take.”

He continued, “I finished up last year and I was like, oh my God, that was one of the best touring years of my life. I had more fun doing that, and the places were packed, and the amphitheaters were sold out. How do I not go live and enjoy that? But also, my children are 16 and 13 and it’s my role to really be there for them and nurture where they’re at with that.”

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Mind Of A Country Boy Tour Has Officially Begun

Fans can currently catch the “Love You, Miss You, Mean It” singer fulfilling his duties as a judge on Season 22 of American Idol, which airs Sunday and Monday nights on ABC. Additionally, he kicked off his Mind Of A Country Boy Tour in Canada last night and is scheduled to return to the U.S. beginning June 13. 

Throughout the tour, Luke Bryan will continue to share his platform with emerging artists, giving them the chance to showcase their talent on the big stage. His run will feature Tenille Arts, Chayce Beckham, George Birge, King Calaway, Dillon Carmichael, Larry Fleet, HunterGirl, Ella Langley, Tracy Lawrence, Kameron Marlowe, Chase Matthew. Each of these opening acts will vary by city. 

“I can appreciate that new generations and new waves of talent are going to be coming through and they’re going to have their shining moment. And I’m cool with showcasing them and uplifting them. If any of those people that are having challenges want to call me for advice, I love all that,” he shared.

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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.