Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley has an interesting love story to tell regarding his wife, Cassie McConnell. They actually married each other twice! (The couple wed in a Nashville courthouse in late June 2009 as a legal formality before having a destination wedding in the Bahamas.) Here’s a little insight into their relationship, and how strong of a couple they really are.
When Lady Antebellum first came together as a band, and before Kelley began dating his future wife, he admits that he had his sights set on Lady A’s lead singer, Hillary Scott. Fate clearly had different plans, and it was for the better for everyone in the band. Kelley, Scott and Dave Haywood formed the country trio, making it a rule that no romantic ties would come between them.
“Before Hillary, I never really had a close girl friend to help me understand that men and women approach things differently,” Kelley says. “With guys, if there’s a problem, they just let it go and don’t talk about it. But with women, if there’s a problem, you have to talk about it.”
Kelley met McConnell when she was a publicist for Kelley’s brother, Josh Kelley. They started dating, and the rest is romantic history! Kelley proposed to his gorgeous blonde girlfriend in 2008 on Christmas morning. In June the following year, the couple got married in Nashville. Then, they took off to the Bahamas over the Fourth of July weekend.
All of this happened shortly before “Need You Now” hit the radio, and the band skyrocketed to fame. The members of Lady Antebellum were working hard to produce music and go on tour, finding huge success. Unfortunately, the Kelleys could not find the same success as a family— they were having a hard time conceiving.
“We started trying to conceive our child a few years ago without any luck. Many months went by with negative pregnancy tests and a lot of shared frustration,” Cassie Kelley told The Boot. “I don’t know about other moms (or future moms) out there, but I just assumed that when we wanted to start a family, it would happen just like that. Well, it didn’t. We went through several years of trying before finally seeing our fertility doctor in Nashville.”
The couple took several months off to regroup, but then found out some great surprise news. They announced that they were finally having a baby at the beginning of August 2015. Though the road was rocky, the couple is grateful for every step, especially their extended time as a family of two.
“I think back over the past six years of our marriage and am grateful for the time that Charles and I have had together, just the two of us,” McConnell Kelley says. “I’m grateful for the adventures that we’ve been on, the places we’ve visited, the lazy days we’ve lounged away on the couch together, the late nights spent on the bus talking about our dreams over a bottle of win.” She continues, “God knows us, and he knows our marriage, and he blessed us in just the right time.”
Their baby boy came into the world on February 11, 2016, and they named him Ward Charles Kelley.
“I want to give a special shout out to my husband, Charles, for being the most incredible human,” Cassie Kelley gushes about her husband. “His love, support, passion for our marriage and our future children has never, ever wavered, even when the frustration seemed insurmountable. I am so lucky to have a best friend and partner in life like him, and our child couldn’t have scored a better dad!”
We wish Charles and Cassie many more years of happiness together!