Country Star Thomas Rhett Announces 3rd Daughter on the Way

Country Star Thomas Rhett Announces 3rd Daughter on the Way
Lauren Akins, left, and Thomas Rhett at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on June 5, 2019. (Sanford Myers/AP)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—Country singer Thomas Rhett will have a trio of daughters as he announced on social media that his wife is pregnant with another girl.

Rhett on Tuesday posted a photo of his other two daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James, posing with their hands on his wife Lauren Akins’ belly. He added that he was “excited to share that I will now be paying for 3 weddings.”

Lauren announced in a separate social media post on Instagram: “We are absolutely over the moon for our baby girl!”

“We decided we didn’t have enough princess dresses around the house so we’re adding another Akins baby girl to the family early next year,” Lauren said.

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We decided we didn’t have enough princess dresses around the house so we’re adding another Akins baby girl to the family early next year ???????????????????????? despite Thomas Rhett’s initial shock (swipe to see video ????) we are absolutely over the moon for our baby girl! Our girls cannot wait to meet their little sister ???????? Willa Gray prays for her every night (heart in a puddle every time????????) & she and Ada James love to touch my belly and talk to her????????????????????-especially bc I’ve been showing since I was SEVEN weeks (????). So it feels like we have been hiding this secret for an ETERNITY. And I’d like to apologize to everyone I’ve canceled on, said no to or just been MIA, but for a second there I wasn’t sure if I was pregnant or just puked for a living????. But she’s soooo worth it???????????????????? We are SO excited! & if you need TR you can find him in the camping section at REI buying dude things…….jk, he’s excited too ????

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Rhett, who won male artist of the year twice at the Academy of Country Music Awards, often writes about his wife and family on his hit country songs including “Die A Happy Man” and “Life Changes.”

‘Inspired By His Wife’

Rhett has fully embraced his reputation for being the guy who is always writing romantic songs inspired by his wife, Lauren, due to his hit parade of multi-platinum love songs like “Die a Happy Man” and “Marry Me.”

“I’m trying to write my love songs with a little more depth, rather than our life is rainbows and fairytales,” Rhett said. “Love just shifts and evolves and you start to love deeper and you start to love harder in the midst of all the chaos of your life. It was cool to write love songs with a little more meat attached to the bone on my fourth record, “Center Point Road.”

And if you look closely at the album’s credits, his wife shows up on background vocals on “Things You Do For Love,” although he said he had to ply her with wine in the studio.

At just 29, Rhett has a lot to look forward to as one of country music’s biggest young stars. He is selling out arenas across the country and has won male artist of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards twice.

Thomas Rhett
Country singer Thomas Rhett poses in Nashville, Tenn., on April 30, 2019, to promote his fourth record “Center Point Road.” (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

He reached a wider audience with his debut on “Saturday Night Live” in March and his expansive 16-track record finds him pushing further into big pop productions with collaborations with Ed Sheeran co-writer and Grammy-winner Amy Wadge, and The Stereotypes, a hip-hop/pop production and songwriting team that worked with Bruno Mars on his Grammy-winning “24K Magic” record.

“I just love every record doing a couple of songs that are way out of my wheelhouse because I think it expands me creatively,” Rhett said.

He also worked with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who’s also known for creating hits for superstars including Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Adele.

Ryan Tedder
Ryan Tedder, singer of OneRepublic, attends Paramount Pictures’ “What Men Want” Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on Jan. 28, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

Tedder, who has also recently been writing with Kelsea Ballerini and Dan + Shay over the last year, said Rhett can’t get rid of his Southern accent, but he has a love for pop music that makes him able to straddle both worlds.

“Country is in his DNA,” Tedder said. “But I think he is the prototype of the new country artist.”

By Kristin M. Hall

NTD News staff contributed to this article.

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