Jake Owen’s Father Is Cancer Free
Good news for Jake Owen and his family. After a nearly year-long battle with cancer, his father Steve has been given a clean bill of health.
The singer shared the good news with his more than one million Twitter followers earlier this week, along with a picture of the father and son on the field at the Florida Seminoles game.
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) November 3, 2013
Owen, who wed his wife, Lacey, last May, and welcomed daughter Olivia the following November, says his father’s illness made him a better husband and father.
“I just look at things a little bit differently, and work harder to set a better example,” he tells The Boot. “Not only for my wife and child, but also for the people around me, so they can see me as a serious father, and not someone who is taking having a child for granted. It’s a big deal to me.”
The Florida native, who spent much of the past year on the road, shared his personal struggle with his fans, and says they actually helped in his dad’s recovery.
“I think he was flattered by how many people actually really cared about what he is going through,” he adds. “I didn’t do it to just put it out there or exploit what he’s going through, but now that this has all happened, I realize how many people deal with this and I want everyone to know that I understand what they’re going through. It wasn’t just about my dad … If anything, I think it made my dad feel great. It’s flattering for him that so many people out there were saying prayers for him and writing stories about him. It meant a lot to him.”
Owen’s next album, ‘Days of Gold,’ will be released on Dec. 3. Pre-order the record here.