Thomas Rhett Fell In Love With Lauren Akins In Sixth Grade and Immediately Knew He Would Marry Her

Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren will soon celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary and as the big day inches near,…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 7, 2020


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Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren will soon celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary and as the big day inches near, Rhett is taking a moment to reflect on their longtime relationship.

In a recent interview with his record label, the superstar recalled the moment he knew Lauren was “the one” and admitted he immediately derived a plan to marry her.

“It’s been a long time comin’ for sure,” Rhett says of their upcoming anniversary. “I mean, me and Lauren have definitely been to school together since we were in first grade but didn’t really know each other really well ‘til church camp about sixth grade. And I fell in love with her that day. 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.’”

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 explains. “And now we’re about to celebrate eight years of marriage, so it’s been a pretty wild journey with her, but wouldn’t trade one minute of it, even the hard parts.”

Thomas and Lauren have been open about their decision to go to marriage counseling and Lauren recently detailed their journey in her new book, Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes. For Thomas, the decision to seek out help to strengthen their marriage was a no-brainer.

“When you find your soulmate, you just kinda do anything you can to stick to it, and for me to just be the best husband I can be.”

Thomas and Lauren will celebrate their eighth anniversary on October 12.

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