Thomas Rhett tells Hits Daily Double that he knew he wanted to marry his wife Lauren when he was a teenager. “There was always something different about Lauren, and we both felt it, but we never figured it out. I’d loved that girl since high school, and I told her father how I felt. He said, ‘If you don’t tell her, I’m going to.’ It was a total Ryan Gosling moment. I said to her, ‘I just want to kiss you one time. If you don’t feel anything, we can go back to being friends.’”
Justin Moore tells the website Cowboys and Indians that he balances being a singer with being a family man. “It’s not the easiest thing to have this career when you have a family. We make the most of the opportunities we have to spend time together. Technology nowadays has really helped. We FaceTime and all that stuff. Anytime I have the opportunity to, I take my little ones and wife on the road with me. It’s a balancing act. You’ve got to be strategic in the way that you do things.”
Eric Church tells the website Harmony Central that the first concert he ever saw was Alabama. “Yes! My first show I ever went to, I was 4 years old, and it was Alabama. It was a big fair show. I remember that moment of going up above the crowd and seeing the big stage and production. It was very entertaining, even though I didn’t know what it was yet.”
Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers tells Billboard magazine that the duo is always thinking about ways to surprise fans with new music. “We’re always working on the next project. We’re making more friends out there in the music industry, and hopefully, we can cook up a collaboration or two to surprise-drop on the fans at some point. It’s a crazy era — people are putting out a lot of stuff, and it’s overwhelming at times, but it gives us a reason to put out more music and stay out on the road. We see it as an opportunity, not a burden.”
Maren Morris tells GQ magazine that she loves Ariana Grande. “Ariana Grande released Sweetener, and then weeks later released “thank u, next,” and then “7 Rings,” which is gigantic. In six months she [puts out] two full albums … I don’t think I could churn stuff out that quick, but I do get distracted easily … obviously, she’s one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, and an amazing songwriter and human being. But she can’t be bound by timelines, and her art can’t be either. I really like that mentality going forward, ’cause I think that’s where the future is headed.”
E! News says Cole Swindell and WWE star Barbie Blank have broken up after 3 months of dating.