Luke Bryan may be among the happiest and cheeriest performers in country music right now, but he has also faced his fair share of challenges.
Coming from a close-knit family, the American Idol judge and singer experienced a loss that was very difficult to handle when his sister Kelly and brother Chris passed away unexpectedly when they were still young.
In 2021, in advance of the airing of his docuseries Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, he spoke with Today’s Willie Geist about his siblings and the emotional distress that was occasionally brought on by talking about them.
When asked about his older brother Chris’s passing, he said, “When Chris went away, it was tragic because no one was more fired up about me moving to Nashville than he was.” He was making reference to his recent relocation to Nashville.
Luke reacted to Willie’s inquiry on if he was reluctant to discuss everything, saying: “When you start talking about the deaths of your siblings, you almost get an uncomfortable feeling about having to inform people about the awful elements of your life.
But then, the country musician continued, “I remember that there are people out there that have gone through the same experiences that I have,” and he felt angry while he was saying it.
Finally, our goal is to communicate the story, or “my dirt road diary,” as we like to refer to it.
After the passing of Luke’s brother-in-law from a heart attack seven years after the passing of Luke’s sister, Luke and his wife Caroline adopted their three nieces and nephews as their own.
When asked about his mental health in an interview with Billboard in 2018, the Crash My Party singer spoke about how the terrible events affected him.
I’m a pretty happy person, he declared. “Due to the tragedy our family has gone through, I now have a deeper appreciation for life’s value and precariousness.
And you can bet that I use that mentality to both my performances and my daily interactions with other individuals. When I meet new individuals, I want them to be pleased by me and think, “That person doesn’t have a bad day.”