Parker McCollum Claps Back At Internet Troll: ‘I Take It As A Compliment Every Time!’

Parker McCollum recently took a stand against a Twitter user that posted a hate-filled comment towards him and rising country…


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 9, 2023


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Parker McCollum; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Parker McCollum recently took a stand against a Twitter user that posted a hate-filled comment towards him and rising country star Bailey Zimmerman. 

“@baileyzimmerman and @ParkerMcCollum are awful country singers. Someone had to say it,” the user wrote. 

Instead of taking the harsh words to heart, the country star decided to look at this negative situation in a more positive light.

He responded, “If you don’t have an absolute nobody talkin shit about you on social media, you prolly ain’t doin too much in life. I take it as a compliment every time!”

Plenty of fans quickly came to McCollum’s rescue in the comment section, proving that the internet trolls are no match for all the loyal support he has around him. 

One fan wrote, “I’ve seen you in person & you’re one of the few who was even BETTER live! Keep up the great work ~ your fans have your back! 🙌” while another said, “Keep being you🙌💕”

The “Pretty Heart” singer’s career has continued to flourish with every step he takes. Much like his reaction to the negative comment, McCollum revealed that he’s making an effort to shift his mindset when it comes to his career. He’s striving to slow down a bit in order to take note of the best moments in each new opportunity that comes his way. 

“When I first started selling out shows, even the two, 3,000 person rooms around Texas, when we were selling them out and it was really going well for us really early,” he shared with Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country. “The high was so big until you’d wake up the next day and you just realize everybody that’s ever done this on any level is a normal person and you don’t ride off on a magic carpet afterwards and it’s all good and gravy.”

He continued, “It’s just real life, and so one, I’ve learned to try to intentionally enjoy the night. And when we play big shows like the Houston Rodeo and stuff like that, ‘hey, slow it down and appreciate how many healthy, alive family members you have here,’ and for big stuff, things like that.”

One person in particular that has helped McCollum follow through on this new outlook on life is his wife, Hallie Ray Light. 

“[With] Hallie Ray, my wife, there is no comedown anymore with her. I think that’s what is missing in that early time is it’s just human nature, you want that connection and whatever. And, with Hallie Ray I have that, and so there is no comedown anymore with her. She’s that constant high,” he gushed. “I know it sounds mushy and deep, but I’ve thought a lot about this. It’s funny that you ask and for a lot of years now, and since I’ve been with her and we’ve been as good as we’ve been, there is no come down.”

The couple is quickly approaching their one-year anniversary since saying “I Do” on March 28 at Boxwood Manor in Tomball, Texas. Parker McCollum broke the news of his successful proposal to Hallie Ray on July 1, 2021 on social media with a photo of them sitting side-by-side in matching blue shirts, which he captioned “she said yes!”

As they continue to build and strengthen their relationship each day, McCollum is also putting plenty of focus on getting ready to share a new collection of music with his fanbase. 

Listeners have gotten a taste of what’s to come on the Texas native’s next album with his most recent release, “Stoned,” his fan-favorite “Handle On You,” and his unreleased song that has recently been teased on social media, “Lessons From An Old Man.”

The new music will follow Parker McCollum throughout his slew of tour dates in 2023. He announced that he’ll be hitting the road with an impressive group of rising County artists including Corey Kent, Catie Offerman, Larry Fleet, Jackson Dean, Flatland Cavalry, and Texas staple, the Randy Rogers Band. 

Beginning in the spring, the singer/songwriter will also serve as a special guest on Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour along with HARDY, Ernest and Bailey Zimmerman. 

Parker McCollum is next set to perform at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH on February 2.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.