Thomas Rhett Wonders ‘How Much Is Too Much’ When It Comes to Talking About His Kids
Thomas Rhett is one of country music’s biggest stars, so it’s only natural for fans to be curious about him…
Thomas Rhett and Family; Photo via Facebook
Thomas Rhett is one of country music’s biggest stars, so it’s only natural for fans to be curious about him and his life at home with his wife Lauren and four daughters, Willa Gray, 6, Ada James, 4, Lennon Love, 2, and Lillie Carolina, 4 months. He and Lauren have been very open to talking about their family online and during interviews, but the older they get, the more he starts to wonder, at what point is it too much?
During a recent interview with Esquire, Rhett revealed the question that’s been weighing on his mind, now that his life no longer centers around just him and Lauren. Before social media, the only way people got the inside scoop about a celebrity and their family was what they read in magazines. Now, with the immediacy of social media, this family of six is able to share insight to their daily lives at the click of a button, leaving their followers always wanting to know more and more. At what point do they say enough is enough?
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“Lauren and I have been super honest about our lives really since day one. That was fine when it was just us two. We can hold our own,” he explained. “But when you have your kids and you’re in a family like mine where almost every interview I do consists of, “How are the kids doing?”…I love talking about them. But I never want to misspeak for them. I don’t ever want them to get to 14 or 15 years old and one day dive back into the metaverse, which they’ll probably be using in the next five years, and be like, “Man, dad didn’t really represent us very well.’”
There is no rulebook to tell Rhett what is the right way or wrong way to handle things like this. Since he grew up having a superstar for a dad, he can relate to how his kids feel now that they are in the same situation. Rhett admits that it’s now on his shoulders to decide what to do, and says “it’s really hard.”
“It’s a constant battle of how much is too much. What do we share? What do we not share? My whole life it was, ‘What was it like growing up with a daddy that sang country music?’ I don’t want that to be their identity.”
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From what fans see on social media and how Thomas Rhett responds to questions about his family during interviews, they appear to be quite happy together, which has led fans to become enamored with the Akins Family.
The “Slow Down Summer” singer makes an effort to be as involved in their lives as possible when he’s home and on the road. He has even started to go to his kids for advice on his music. Rhett recently released his sixth studio album, Where We Started, following Country Again: Side A, and he explained to People that his girls had a say in which tracks were chosen for the album.
“I started playing the record and I kept taking notes of the ones they wanted to listen to over and over again. There were five or six on there that now when we get in the car, my 2-year-old will be like, ‘Play daddy song, daddy song,’ ” he says. “And if it’s not one of those six, even if it’s an older song of mine or a newer one, those are the only six that she cares about. So those made it on the record for sure.”
Thomas Rhett continued to say he has started to really “trust” and “listen” to his kids’ opinions when it comes to choosing music that he hopes fans will enjoy.
“You can look at a kid and be like, ‘You’re too young to understand.’ But I feel like kids understand feel-good,” he added. “That’s the reason Encanto is the biggest movie on the planet. I mean, ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ [is played] in my house 48 million times a day, because it feels good.”
Although Where We Started just dropped last month, fans are still anxiously awaiting the release of the second half of his collection, Country Again: Side B. This record is slated to release later this year.
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.