You guys, it has been over an entire year since we fell head-over-heels in love with Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, at the 2016 American Country Music Awards. We may have thought they couldn't get any more adorable than they were on that night, when Rhett took home the award for Single Record of the Year for "Die a Happy Man," but we were totally wrong. This sweet duo just keeps growing on us.
In fall 2016, Rhett and Akins began the process of adopting a child from Africa, and in May 2017, they finally brought their baby girl home.
"YALL... Our baby girl is hommmmeeeeee," Akins captioned a sweet set of photos on Instagram. "Thank you Jesus for bringing our family together on the same continent finally :) little cutie Willa Gray Akins came home yesterday after completely stealing our hearts in Uganda over a year ago & we're sooooo happy we just can't stand it."
Just a couple months after their adoption announcement, they discovered that Akins was pregnant, according to People.
The couple took to Instagram in February to share the news.
"OH BABY! actually...BABIES!" Akins captioned a pic. "Our hearts are exploding with happiness for y'all to meet our new baby who we are bringing home from Africa soon who is also going to have a little brother or sister because, SURPRISE! there's a sweet baby in my belly too."
If that isn't the sweetest thing you've ever heard, we don't know what is.
Just in case you didn't think this pair could get any cuter, get this: Rhett and Akins have known each other since they were around 6 years old! Ain't that a song just waiting to be written.
...but they broke up. Rhett told Taste of Country that he and his wife, then Lauren Gregory, dated for six months when they were 15. Sadly, though, it didn't work out. They stayed friends and wound up dating other people. "I don’t think she really noticed me till we were 16,” Rhett said. He then added, “When I heard that she had ended her other relationship, I moved in for the kill. We kissed, and that was it.”
Rhett and Akins got engaged in December 2011. Rhett popped the question at Akins' favorite Nashville restaurant, Giovanni's. “There was a [wine] bottle, and with a silver Sharpie, I wrote, ‘Marry me?’ on the bottle, and she wrote ‘Well, duh, yes’ on the bottle,” Rhett told radio station Y108. “Somebody cued 'The Way You Look Tonight' by Frank Sinatra, and we danced in this little cigar room. It was pretty awesome.”
And yes, there's a video of their wedding. Dying.
Just because Rhett is a country superstar, it doesn't mean it's all about him. “I’ve even come home a lot of the time and talked about what I did on the road and what songs I’m gonna cut, and then I realized I haven’t even asked my wife how her day was,” Rhett told Taste of Country. “So I think this business can be very consuming for some people. But thank goodness that my wife is there to call me out every single time, so my head shrinks a little bit.”
Well, if you watch the video, you'll see that it wasn't all a fairy tale. The pair spent a long time being friends while Rhett tried to win her over. But, in the end, love prevailed. So cute!
Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" video features his wife (and himself) in Hawaii, being all loved up. However, Akins wasn't super keen on being in the video at first. "It took a lot of convincing to get her to do it," Rhett told Billboard, despite the fact that she's the inspiration behind the hit song. "We were in the car, and Tim McGraw's 'Just to See You Smile' came on," Akins recalled. "I was like, 'Babe, people don't write songs like this anymore. It's so sweet — it just melts your heart. Write a song like that! About something besides whiskey, beer or taking a girl home in a big truck.'" And thus, "Die a Happy Man" was born.
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