Luke Combs And Wife Nicole Navigate Timing Challenges As Second Baby’s Arrival Coincides With Tour
Combs says they are “going to be cutting it close” with the baby’s due date and his shows in Australia.
Nicole Combs, Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy Instagram, Luke Combs
Luke Combs and his wife, Nicole, are anticipating the arrival of their second child in the upcoming weeks. Handling a hectic schedule like that of the country superstar can pose difficulties when it comes to coordinating with an impending birth, even more so when Combs is set to perform in New Zealand and Australia around the baby’s due date.
In the event that Nicole goes into labor early, will Luke be forced to cancel his Australian tour dates?
In a Q&A with fans on Instagram, Nicole weighed in.
“It’s around 20 hours to get back from Aus if he got on a plane immediately lol. So no,” she shared.
The soon-to-be mother of two said she hopes that she hopes her baby boy will arrive on time or late, rather than early like their first son.
“I’m not due until after he gets back [from Australia], so I’m trying really hard not to go into early labor,” she wrote. “With [our first child] Tex, I was doing everything in my power to get him out & he was a day early.”
Luke’s final Australian tour date is set for August 26. After that, his schedule is clear until September 30 when he heads back overseas for a run of shows in Europe, which wrap up in late October with back-to-back shows at London’s O2 Arena.
Earlier this week, Luke Combs spoke on the topic of his second son’s arrival during an interview with Mike Adam for Audacy’s Check In series.
“It’s going to be wild,” Combs admitted of becoming a father of two in the coming months.
“It’s actually kind of getting down to the wire here because I’m going to tour in Australia here in about a week. So going to be cutting it close with the due date on getting home,” Combs shared.
Naming Their Son
As The Combs household eagerly anticipates the upcoming arrival of their second son, the North Carolina native admitted that he and his wife still don’t know what they are naming their second child.
“We have to pick out a name in the next couple of days in case the baby were to come while I’m gone. So yeah, so we gotta figure it out soon,” Combs revealed.
When it comes to picking out a name, Combs didn’t share much, but he did explain that he wants the name to have a family connection rather than just picking a name out of a hat.
“We’ve tooled around with both. We’re going to lean more towards a family name, but open to anything too,” the chart-topping hitmaker continued.
The beloved couple announced that they were expecting baby No. 2 in a joint Instagram post earlier this year in March.
At the time, the couple took to Instagram to share the exciting news with fans via a slideshow of sweet family photos that feature their 9-month-old son, Tex Lawrence, sporting a “big brother” onesie.
“Joining the 2 under 2 club! Baby boy #2 coming this September,” Luke and Nicole shared at the time.
The announcement clip was soundtracked by Luke Combs’ new song, “Take You With Me.” The sentimental track was co-written by Combs and his frequent collaborators James McNair and Rob Williford. “Take You With Me” finds the proud father crooning over his son and singing about cherishing the time he gets to spend with Tex.
“Got a youngin’ of my own / he’s too young to understand it / when he gets a little older / watching the stage where I’m standin’ / he’ll know it’s about him / when he hears me sing I’ll take you with me / if it was up to me, we’d do everything together / and when they’re young like that / those days they don’t last forever / so every chance I get you best believe I’ll take you with me,” Combs sings.
Luke Combs and Nicole, who recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary, first became parents on June 19, 2022, when they welcomed a son, Tex Lawrence. They shared the news with fans on social media alongside a loving family photo.
“Welp he decided that Father’s Day would be a good time to show up. I couldn’t agree more. Me and @nicolejcombs are over the moon in love with this little guy,” he wrote at the time. “Mama and baby are healthy and we’re back home now with family. Life is good. Everyone welcome Tex Lawrence Combs to the world!”
Nicole has been by Luke’s side long before he became a country music sensation. The couple met during the 2016 Key West Songwriters Festival in Florida. At the time, Nicole was working at BMI, who served as the host of the event, and Combs was a performer.
“I didn’t have anything going on when we met,” Luke explained during an appearance on the podcast Couple Things with Shawn Johnson and Andrew East. “I didn’t have a record deal or a publishing deal or anything.”
Nicole says she made the first move.
“I was leaving a songwriters round and he was walking up late to it and I was just like, ‘hey, come hang out with us, why are you by yourself?,” she recalled.
Thinking back to that night, Luke laughed and admitted, “Yeah, I looked bad too… I was wearing camo gym shorts from Walmart… classy, classy stuff. And like the oldest t-shirt that I owned, probably.”
The couple began dating soon after and officially tied the knot on August 1, 2020. They shared footage from their wedding day in Luke Combs’ music video for his chart-topping hit, “Forever After All.”
Nicole has inspired several songs in Luke’s catalog, including “Beautiful Crazy,” “Better Together,” “Forever After All” and more recently “Love You Anyway,” a track that appears on his latest album, Gettin’ Old.
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