“Honored to be doing the right thing,” says Luke Bryan. You wouldn’t guess it from his songs, but the “Country Girl” singer has experienced more than his fair share of loss. Now parenting a blended family, he and his wife, Caroline, have managed to turn tragedy into blessing.
Now 41, Bryan reflects on the tragedies in his life. When he was just 19, back in 2000, his brother Chris died in a car accident.
Seven years later, his older sister Kelly died from undetermined causes. She was survived by her husband, Ben Cheshire, and the couple’s three children. Cheshire became a full-time dad to Til, Jordan, and Kris. It seemed like life had settled down for the family.
Sadly, Cheshire passed away seven years after his wife. In 2014, he had what was thought to be a heart attack, tragically orphaning Bryan’s nephew and two nieces. As Bryan mourned the loss of another family member, he and Caroline had to consider the fate of the three children.
There was only one thing to do.
“Not a second thought”
The circumstances were anything but ideal. In the case of his nephew and nieces, Luke and Caroline believed the right thing to do was to take the children in and raise them as their own. As Caroline said, “We never thought twice about it.”
Already parents of two young sons, they became instant parents to a teenager (Til) and two college students (Jordan and Kris). Bryan recently opened up about what it’s like parenting a teenager.
“I woke up one day and I’m raising a teen. And it’s a challenge because my main thing with Til is just properly giving the right amount of advice and realizing you’re talking to someone who is becoming an adult. I have to be that parent role where if he does something, he needs to get in trouble, but I want to be a friend to him too.”
He also referred to their family as a social experiment–but an “amazing” one.