Thomas Rhett Admits His First Kiss With Wife Lauren Akins Was Pretty Awkward
When it comes to #relationshipgoals, several country couples come to mind, including Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins. Fans…
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Fans have fallen in the with the down-to-earth couple as they’ve grown their family over the years, but things weren’t always so picture-perfect for Thomas and Lauren. In fact, during a recent interview with his record label, Thomas revealed that their first kiss was less than ideal.
“First kiss was 15 on my parents’ trampoline. And we literally clanked teeth,” the country superstar recalled.
He went on to admit that he was nervous that their awkward first kiss might deter them from any kind of relationship moving forward. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case.
“Have you ever clanked teeth? It’s horrible. I mean, there is no recovering from that. But somehow, someway it did,” Thomas shared.
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Thomas and Lauren initially met in first grade but it wasn’t until middle school that he knew she was “the one.”
“I fell in love with her that day,” he recalled of getting to know Lauren while at church camp in sixth grade. “I was like, ‘there is not a prettier human being that exists in this world’ and I was like, ‘I will figure out a way to marry this woman one day.’”
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His plan of marrying Lauren took a bit to come to fruition, however, as things didn’t quite work out the first go-around.
“We dated for a little bit in high school and then broke up for a very long time and got back together when we were about 21 years old,” he explained. “…So it’s been a pretty wild journey with her, but wouldn’t trade one minute of it, even the hard parts.”
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins tied the knot on October 12, 2012 when they 22 years old. They are now parents to four daughters, Willa Gray, 6, Ada James, 4, and Lennon Love, 1, and Lillie Carolina, 7 weeks.
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.