Luke Bryan’s got a big heart. I’ve never met him in person, but he seems like a great guy. And after what he did in 2014, I respect him even more.
Although he’s won dozens of awards for his music, he doesn’t forget family.
Even though he’s become of the hottest country stars today, he remembers what’s important.
Despite having a full house (a wife and two sons), he welcomes his nephew into his family.
After the heart-breaking loss of Bryan’s brother-in-law (his late sister’s husband), his nephew became an orphan. Bryan and his family welcomed the boy with open arms.
The country artist is not a stranger to tragedy; he, obviously, lost his sister to undetermined causes, and his brother died in a car accident. He actually attended a nearby university — George Southern — so that he could stay close to home and help with his family.
And now this — it’s a lot for one man to handle.
Bryan’s brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, died at the age of 46 with no cause given.
“Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more,” Bryan told PEOPLE Country in 2013. “I literally do not take one second for granted.”
Yet there is a silver lining — Bryan’s family is now a tad bigger.
“So now I went from having two boys in the house to having a 13-year-old boy in the house,” Bryan tells ABC, “which is a whole ‘nother set of learning that you have to do.”
Bryan told ET how Til is a rough-houser.
“He put me in a headlock a couple of nights ago, and I really wasn’t getting out if it,” Bryan said. “He’s in football right now so he’s working out every day… I’ll have to still show him who’s boss every now and then.”
Even more so, imagine Til interacting with Bryan’s two boys — Bo, 7, and Tate, 5. He told a story of when Bo put Tate in the ER.
“We got to town and Tate was in the emergency room getting stitches,” Bryan said. “Bo pushed him down, he hit a chair, got stitches — [and] Til’s FaceTiming the stitches! It’s a crazy household right now. Just as long as we can keep ’em alive!”
Luke and Caroline’s boys obviously keep them busy, but not busy enough to turn away their nephew. Bryan told ABC, it’s “what you gotta do.”
“We feel like if we just stay positive through this,” he went on, “maybe we’ll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to ’em. You just have to plow on and play the hand that’s dealt.”
No matter what happens, though, Bryan is gonna love on his family — all of them.
“You don’t want to sound like you love having them so much that you’re glad it’s the situation,” Bryan told Billboard. “But we’re honored to be doing what we feel was the right thing.”