Luke Bryan Opened Up about the Challenge of Raising his Late Sister’s 3 Kids Alongside His Own

Thomas Luther Bryan, popularly known as Luke Bryan, is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his professional journey by writing music for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. In 2007, Bryan rose to fame when he sang with Capitol Nashville. 

He is one of America’s most successful and awarded country artists. Apart from being a great singer and American Idol Judge, he is also a loving husband, father, and uncle.

In his IMDb TV documentary, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, the singer shared his musical history and the loss he has faced.

“If I can inspire people to move on from tragedy,” he said, “that’s what life’s all about for me.”

Although he’s very successful in his music career, the 45-year-old musician has suffered a lot in his personal life.

In 1996, his elder brother died in a car crash at the young age of 26, and just after a year, another tragedy hit Luke and his family. His elder sister Kelly died at the age of 39. Her death was sudden and natural, yet the causes are still unknown.

After seven years of her passing, Kelly’s husband died of a heart attack and left three children behind; a son and two daughters.

“I’ve had so many tragedies in my life,” Bryan shared with People.

“It’s almost like you don’t want to tell the story because you don’t want to feel like you’re out there craving sympathy. You’re never through your grief. You’re always breathing it.  You truly never get over it. You truly never settle in your mind that it’s happened. I mean, it’s always there.”

In his docu-series, Bryan shared his musical history, how he achieved all his goals and became successful, and the personal losses and tragic incidents he endured.

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“If I can inspire people to move on from tragedy, hopefully by my behavior, that’s what life’s all about for me.”

He said that after the passing of his brother-in-law, his nephew and nieces were left alone without any adult assistance. So, Luke and his wife Caroline decided to raise them as their own children.

“We never thought twice about it,” Caroline shared with ABC in 2017.

So, the three children moved in with their Uncle, Aunt, and two cousins, Thomas and Tatum.

“I woke up one day, and I’m raising a teen,” Luke said about his nephew, who was 16 years of age when he moved in.

Bryan said that the experience was challenging but it was beautiful at the same time.

“If I can inspire people to move on from tragedy, hopefully by my behavior, that’s what life’s all about for me.”

He further said that,

“Maybe Chris, Kelly, and Lee have moved some puzzle pieces around to make my life so fortunate. When I say my prayers at night, I have to say, ‘Thank y’all for looking after us down here.'”

“It’s a really special place I’m in because I don’t really feel I need to go reinvent something to complete my life as a country singer. I’ve done everything I’ve ever wanted to do in music.”




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1 comment
  1. That is a very tragic but humbling thing to hear and it takes a very special person to take that experience and learn to appreciate the things in life that money can not buy. I’m sure the struggles have been there cuz with children they jus don’t understand how to work thru their feelings n such circumstances and a lot of adult don’t either but to have a positive role model in ur life to help u thru it will make a huge impact on those children God bless u all

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