Luke Bryan Reveals the Secret to his 14-Year Marriage to Wife, Caroline
“It’s all about communication,” Bryan says.
Luke Bryan and Wife, Caroline
While many celebrity marriages have fallen apart in the past year, Luke Bryan’s marriage to his wife, Caroline, has only grown stronger.
The superstar, who is typically on tour for several weeks a year, has faced a big change since last year and he says it’s impacted their relationship greatly.
“Obviously quarantine has certainly put its share of new things to navigate,” Bryan tells People. “Caroline and I are used to spending quite a bit of time apart, and now I’m just here every day. But the main thing with us is properly inserting alcohol in parts of the relationship — it does a really, really good job for us. I’m playing!”
All joking aside, the “Down To One” singer credits their long-lasting marriage to one important thing.
“It’s all about communication and giving each other time to go do the things that we’re passionate about,” he shares. “But the communication is so critical. When you get your wires crossed … I know it sounds cliché, but never go to bed mad. You really have to abide by that stuff.”
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Luke and Caroline, who have gone on to become a fan-favorite country couple, met while attending Georgia Southern University. He was a senior, she was a freshman and they hit it off after meeting at a small bar called Dingus Magee’s. They dated on and off until Luke moved to Nashville to peruse his country music dreams. Their paths crossed sometime later and they’ve been together ever since.
The couple opted for a destination wedding, which took place in Turks & Caicos on December 8, 2006.
Luke and Caroline are parents to sons “Bo,” 12, and “Tate,” 10. They also took in their nieces and nephews after the tragic loss of Luke’s sister Kelly in 2007 and his brother-in-law in 2014.
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Through it all, the American Idol judge says he’s learned a few important lessons, one of them being doing sweat the small stuff.
“Sitting and letting something small turn into a big event is not how you make it,” he advises. “[Once you] have a family, you’re doing this with your family – it’s a lot. But you’ve walked down the aisle and you’ve said in front of God, ‘This is who I’m going to be with forever.’ You have to work so hard at it.”
“It never gets easier, but when you can share a wonderful life together, it makes it all worth it,” the Georgia native continues. “We have a great time too — whether we’re Mom or Dad, or we’re able to go somewhere by ourselves — we’re really, really still so blessed that we’ve been able to navigate all this and my career, and then have a great marriage through it all.”
Lauren Jo Black
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.