Thomas Rhett Sets Rules for Maintaining Marriage on the Road
Thomas Rhett is no stranger to the perils of life on the road. The 23-year-old, who just celebrated his one-year anniversary with his wife, Lauren, saw his own parent’s marriage fall apart when he was only nine years old, due at least in part to his dad, Rhett Akins, spending so much time on the road.
But the ‘Get Me Some of That’ singer says he is working hard to make sure his own marriage doesn’t suffer the same fate as his parents’ did.
“Being backstage at a lot of different places there’s a lot going on and you gotta be 100 percent honest with the other person,” he explains to Taste of Country. “That’s what we’ve tried to master. It’s definitely helped us. When [Lauren's] out here, it’s not really an issue. When she’s at home, we try to talk a lot. We try to talk at least three or four times a day. Just to kind of let her know what’s going on and vice versa.”’
Rhett, who is spending much of the next few months on the road, including serving as the headliner for Taste of Country’s Christmas Tour, acknowledges his busy schedule can be challenging for the newlyweds, but he insists they find ways to make it work.
“Being an artist, you just gotta be ready to miss certain things, like Halloween and all these kind of things that you used to be able to be free for. Birthdays, all this kind of stuff,” he says. “At the same time, me and Lauren have definitely made a life for ourselves out here. She comes out here and she hangs out with the band and we goof off and have a good time out here.”
The singer-songwriter has already laid some ground rules for keeping his marriage as strong as possible, including not getting too close with females cast in any of his videos. He held fast to that stipulation when filming the video for his single, ‘It Goes Like This.’
“If you notice in that video, I was only in one scene with that girl,” he notes. “And it was at the very end. It wasn’t even my arm doing any of that stuff. I was just very adamant with the record label and with my video producer, just saying, ‘Look man, it’s not a big deal. It’s just not really me to be all over some girl in a music video.’ Even if they are the nicest people in the world, it’s just not really what I do.”
Surprisingly, the young star says everyone has been supportive of his decision. “I’m really glad that everybody is down with not having to kiss all over some girl because that would be pretty awkward,” he adds.
Rhett says both of his parents are his biggest cheerleaders in his career, but it wasn’t always that way. “Mom kind of always made me promise that I would never get in the music business,” he recalls to The Boot. “But she’s a huge supporter of me, and she knows that I have my head on straight now and my faith drives me. I’m a very spiritual human being in my own sort of way.”
Rhett and his dad just made country music history, becoming the first father and son who wrote, co-wrote or performed five of the Top 10 songs on the charts.
Rhett will continue life on the road with shows in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas this month. Keep track of his schedule here.