Thomas Rhett’s Wife Lauren Akins’ Says They ‘Struggle’ Just Like Other Married Couples

Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren Akins, tells all in her just-released book, Live in Love.  Inside the new memoir, the mother…


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August 19, 2020


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Thomas Rhett, Lauren Akins and Family

Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren Akins, tells all in her just-released book, Live in Love. 

Inside the new memoir, the mother of three opens up about life in the spotlight and her relationship with Rhett and insists that although they are often referred to as “relationship goals,” they have their problems just like everyone else. It’s a message she hopes people will take away from her book.

“There’s a lot of pressure to portray that you have a perfect life, and family, and marriage, especially on social media and in the public eye,” Akins recently shared with PEOPLE. “I think the quicker that I’m able to just get on the table that, ‘Hey, we struggle just like every other married couple, we struggle just like every other parent, we struggle just like every other human,’ it takes that pressure and weight off our shoulders to have to be a certain way. It gives the green light to be us.”

She even opens up about their visits to a marriage counselor and encourages other couples to seek therapy.

“We still are staying in close contact with our counselor, Beth,” she revealed. “COVID has changed things a little bit, but if we ever feel like there’s something we need to talk through with a third party, or even just to touch base and check in, we’re texting or calling Beth. It’s something that we still say is crucial to a marriage, some form of counseling or third party. It’s just a place where you can learn more about yourself and learn more about your spouse and really learn how to communicate better and clearer. It’s been so, so good. We just really love it.”

Throughout Live in Love, Akins details what life was like when Rhett’s career took off and shares her thoughts on putting her nursing career on hold as Rhett’s career took off. Akins said writing the book “felt like therapy” and hopes her words will encourage others to share their truths.

“I think it’s easy to look at filters in the world, and social media, and look at love that seems to be perfect,” she said. “But that’s not reality, and it’s a lot to try to live up to. So I hope that people can see the imperfections of our life and find themselves in those imperfections, and feel a sense of hope, encouragement and ultimately love.”


In a recent interview with his record label, Rhett opened up about the book and praised his wife for sharing her stories.

“It’s hard to read in the best way. This book really gets into severe detail of the adoption process, of what it was like when we first had kids and what it was like when I first got on the road and she had just graduated from Tennessee with a nursing degree and didn’t use her nursing degree,” he said. “[It also] talks about her childhood and what shaped her into the person she is now.  And I mean, it’s a memoir. So you have to be really invested to know that this is a story of her life.”

LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes is available everywhere now.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.