Luke Combs Recalls the Tearful Moment His Wife Told Him She Was Pregnant: ‘I Cried A Lot’

Just weeks ahead of welcoming his first child with his wife, Nicole, Luke Combs revealed the tearful moment, Nicole told…


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April 29, 2022


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Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking; Photo Courtesy CMA

Just weeks ahead of welcoming his first child with his wife, Nicole, Luke Combs revealed the tearful moment, Nicole told him she was pregnant. 

“I don’t think I’ve told anybody about how she told me,” Combs said in an interview with The Bobby Bones Show

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year admitted, “I cried… I cried a lot. Yeah, I was very excited.”

The moment Combs learned he was going to be dad is something he’ll never forget as he says he remembers it “very vividly.” 

“it was on the bus, she told me on the bus when it was just me and her on there. I think she had been on a trip with some friends, like a girl’s trip kind of thing,” Combs explained. “It’s like Redneck Napa maybe, I’m not sure, but they went there and I guess she found out on the trip, on that trip.”

With a baby and a new album on the way, host Bobby Bones questioned if Combs’ creative process has changed. 

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The North Carolina native admitted, Well, it really hasn’t yet too much, because every song that’s going to be on this album was written before I found out, so, there isn’t… I don’t have those Dad [songs on this project].”

While Growin’ Up, which arrives on June 24, won’t include any songs about being a father, Combs isn’t ruling out the dad songs just yet. 

Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy CMA
Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy CMA

“I’m just kind of waiting, like I feel like until he’s born, you know, I feel like that’s going to be the moment, there’s not many songs that about like cleaning out your guest room and buying diaper trash cans and stuff you know,” Combs shared, before Bones chimed in, “I think you could do it, if anybody could though you could.” 

“I’d give it a shot for sure,” Combs jokingly replied. 

Luke and Nicole revealed that they were expecting in late January. 

“Here we go y’all! Lil dude Combs is coming this Spring!” Combs captioned a photo of him and his wife holding a sonogram. “Couldn’t be more excited to start a family with this babe. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride @nicolejcombs.”

Combs’ Instagram post was flooded with congratulatory messages from the country music community. 

Luke Combs, Nicole Combs; Photo via Instagram
Luke Combs, Nicole Combs; Photo via Instagram

He recently teased his son’s name during an interview with Audacy Music’s Holly Hutton and Rob Stone at this year’s Tortuga Music Festival in Florida.

“It rhymes with orange,” Combs joked. “It rhymes with purple.”

“You can see there’s a theme going,” Stone said in response.

“There’s a theme going,” Combs agreed, laughing.

In reality, the country superstar said that they have a “short list” of names for their son and that they plan to reveal his name upon his birth. 

Combs interview came on the same day as his Middle of Somewhere Tour with Jordan Davis, Morgan Wade and Lainey Wilson was announced. The fall trek kicks off on September 2 and runs through mid- December.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.