Luke Combs Details His ‘Crippling’ OCD And Shares How The Birth Of His Son Has Changed His Perspective
Since becoming a father in June, Luke Combs’ world has changed completely and the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year…
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Since becoming a father in June, Luke Combs’ world has changed completely and the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year says he has a new perspective on life after the birth of his son.
Ahead of the taping of his Apple Music Live concert at Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, the country superstar sat down with Kelleigh Bannen to discuss his latest project Growin’ Up, and how he has changed over the course of the last few years.
During the interview, the “Doin’ This” singer also revealed that he suffers from anxiety and “crippling” obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and that things have changed since the birth of Tex Lawrence.
“There’s stuff that used to matter as far as the things that you worry about, you just don’t really worry about that stuff anymore. I mean, and almost instantly. Really… Like, you’re just kind of like, ‘Don’t care about that. Don’t care’ And I was fine before, but I did tend to have pretty tremendous anxiety at times in my life.”
While Combs does admit that the conditions do not affect his live performances, he acknowledged “it’s not about that stuff,” referring to his music and concerts.
“[It] could be anything. It’s really stuff that’s out of my control, whether it’s my health. It’s just really insane. Stuff you could never get an answer to. So you have to learn to live with the uncertainty of never knowing becomes the only way to get over it.”
As his album title implies, Combs is still “Growin’ Up” and has a new outlook on life.
“In a lot of ways, it’s just looking at things… I look at things now in ways that I never would’ve been able to before. And even before the kid. After getting married and then spending a lot of time at home during COVID. Just a bunch of stuff happened. It was time to process all of this craziness that’s happened in my career, too. I mean, that’s important.”
Combs celebrated the release of his third studio album, Growin’ Up, with an exclusive concert on July 28 at his hometown venue, Coyote Joe’s, a venue he used to beg to play at early on in his career.
The recorded concert will stream in over 165 countries on August 24 at 7:00 pm PST, exclusively on Apple Music as part of the Apple Music Live series.
Luke Combs’ recently released his new album, Growin’ Up, which debuted at No. 1. The 12-track project features the chart-topping hit, “Doin’ This,” Combs’ current single, “The Kind Of Love We Make,” and “Outrunnin’ Your Memory,” a duet with Miranda Lambert, among several tracks.
The superstar will hit the road this fall on his headlining Middle Of Somewhere Tour with direct support from Jordan Davis. The trek, which kicks off on September 2 in Bangor, ME, will also feature special guests Morgan Wade and Lainey Wilson on select dates.
In November 2022, the country hitmaker will launch his Canadian tour with special guests Riley Green and Chayce Beckham.
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.