Luke Bryan experienced death several times in his life, which eventually led him to adopt his sister’s children. Here’s a look at his life as a family man.
The youngest of three kids, Luke Bryan, grew up on a farm in a small town in Georgia. He was already set to pursue a music career in Tennessee at a young age, but a tragedy happened as he was about to take steps to become a professional singer.
His brother passed away in a car accident, leaving their happy family grieving. It also postponed Luke’s move to Nashville, delaying his career. However, at 19, Luke’s father pushed him to chase his dreams, so he did.
While living in Georgia, Luke met the woman he would later call his wife, Caroline. According to the “Country Girl” singer, it was love at first sight. He knew that he would one day marry Caroline just by the feeling he felt when they met.
The couple dated in college but ended up parting ways as Luke planned to leave after graduation, while Caroline, three years younger, still had to finish her studies. Luke recalled:
“I kinda went off and did my thing in Nashville, and she finished up her college experience, and it kinda allowed us both to go get our feet a little firmer on the ground.”
Five and a half years later, Luke and Caroline found their way into each other’s arms again. At that time, Luke was playing in a Statesboro bar, where Caroline happened to be nearby. They spoke for a while upon seeing each other and eventually had conversations through email.
When Caroline invited the singer to her family’s Christmas party, and he accepted, their relationship progressed again. Caroline revealed that her husband had always been a gentleman in a previous interview. She added:
“We hung out as friends first, and he never made a move on me. I kissed him first! He was always so scared of making a girl feel uncomfortable. He wouldn’t cross a line.”
Eventually, Luke proposed to his college sweetheart, while kneeling on one knee, in front of a Parthenon replica in Nashville. In 2006, the couple exchanged wedding vows and had their honeymoon in the Colorado mountains.
The estate includes a 10,000 square-foot house, a 1,800 square-foot guesthouse, and a 7,000 square-foot barn.
During his time in Nashville, Luke was dedicated to writing songs, which Capitol Records kept hearing. Eventually, the company offered Luke a record deal that launched him into stardom. On April 6, 2007, Luke played at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time and had the support of his sister, Kelly. He recalled:
“That night, little did I know it would be our last photo together.”
Kelly died a month later due to an illness that was never identified. She was survived by her husband, Ben Lee Cheshire, and their three children. Luke felt anxiety dealing with such tragic events with his only two siblings gone.