Morgan Wallen is ringing in his 28th year with a reflective Instagram post.
The East Tennessee native took to social media on Thursday to share a photo with his sister, Ashlyne, and friend, Andrew. Wallen thanked them for standing by his side in what has been a tumultuous year.
“27 brought a lot of the best and the worst times of my life,” he wrote. “These 2 didn’t flinch. Glad to see 28.”
Wallen’s post received thousands of comments, including birthday wishes from fellow artists such as Jake Owen, Travis Denning and Ray Fulcher.
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Wallen has been relatively quiet on social media, but has offered fans a few glimpses into his life out of the spotlight. According to his Instagram stories, he’s been working out with his friend and fellow artist ERNEST.
In late April, Wallen went fishing with Eric Church and documented the experience on social media.
“Hang a sign on the door of my life,” Wallen wrote in reference to Church’s song “Livin’ Part Of Life” from his 2006 Sinners Like Me album.
Wallen has remained mostly out of the spotlight since early February when a video of him using a racial slur surfaced on TMZ.
On April 13, Wallen issued a handwritten letter to fans offering an update about his time away from the public eye, sharing that he’s “really worked on myself” throughout the past few months.
“Not only has this time revealed to me the ways in which I want to improve, but it’s also reminded me that I am still very proud of who I am and the man I am becoming,” he wrote.
Wallen has cancelled all upcoming tour dates but promised fans, “you’ll be seeing me sooner than later.”
He was recently named as a finalist in six categories for the Billboard Music Awards, however, producers are not allowing him to participate in the show.