From the outside, country star Luke Bryan looks to have a picture-perfect life. He’s won the coveted Entertainer of the Year award, and he’s sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide. But there’s been pain and tragedy along the way.
In an interview with ABC, Bryan opened about the siblings he lost. He also shared how that led to him and his wife, his college sweetheart Caroline Boyer, taking in his nieces and nephew, reported People.
In 2000, Bryan’s brother, Chris, died in a car accident. Seven years later, in 2007, his sister Kelly suddenly passed away.
“Just when we started picking up the pieces with my brother, then my sister—we lose my sister,” he told Robin Roberts in the interview. “I’ve watched my family go through ebbs and flows where we get mad at God, and we get mad at why this happened.”
But the tragedy wasn’t over. In 2014, Kelly’s widower, Ben Cheshire, also died. Bryan and Caroline decided to take in the couple‘s three children: son Til, now 15, and college-aged daughters Jordan and Kris.
“We never thought twice about it,” Caroline said of the decision. “You know, it was never something that he and I had to sit down and talk about. ‘Should we take this on?’ We just did that.”
The couple already has two sons together, Thomas “Bo”, 9, and Tatum “Tate”, 7. Since their boys are young, Bryan shared that raising a teenager took some getting used to.
“We’re buddies now, though, kinda,” the “Light It Up” singer, 41, joked. “Until he makes me … that’s when I get onto him, I’m like, ‘All right, you’re making me be an adult; don’t make me be an adult!’”
The family has adjusted to the losses. Bryan takes care of his sister children, but that doesn’t mean the hole isn’t still there.
The pain of losing his siblings will likely never go away, shared Bryan. Luke wasn’t the only one to have tragedy in his life; Caroline also lost her infant niece in February.
“You keep going and you try to, try to be as positive as you can, and you try to appreciate every day,” said Bryan. “You’ll never get back to 100 percent. You’ll always be working to get back to 75 percent.”
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