Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr. first laid eyes on his future wife Lauren Gregory in the the first grade. Really. They became friends in the 6th grade and attended the same church camp for several years.
The “Vacation” singer admitted to Taste of Country that he and Lauren dated for six months in high school, but the teen romance didn’t work out and they remained good friends.
After graduating, the longtime pals headed off to different colleges and got into serious relationships with other people. “I almost married someone else, and she did too,” disclosed Rhett during an interview with CBS This Morning.
Oddly enough, Thomas’ future father-in-law pushed the two back together. “Her dad called me and said, ‘If you don’t come over here tonight and tell Lauren how you feel about her, then I’m going to tell her how you feel about her.”
About six months later, the singer-songwriter popped the big question inside Lauren’s favorite Nashville restaurant, Giovanni’s. On October 12, 2012, Thomas Rhett and Lauren Gregory Akins got hitched at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tennessee.
In 2015, the country star put their relationship and amazing chemistry on display in the music video for his fifth consecutive No. 1 single “Die a Happy Man.”
“It was inevitable for her to be in [the video] because I wrote the song for her and about her,” Rhett shared with People.
Now that’s romance. We love seeing these two together and their shared devotion to the charity 147 Million Orphans, which provides food, water, medicine, shelter, and education to vulnerable children in the name of Jesus Christ.
On October 4th, Thomas Rhett will host his first-ever charity concert event dubbed ‘Thomas Rhett & Friends’ to benefit the organization so close to the couple’s heart at Nashville’s The Old School. More on that event here. Watch the video below to see Thomas and Lauren and both of their kids.
Here are some quick facts about Lauren Akins (Rhett):
Lauren Rhett (Akins) Quick Facts
Name (aliases): Lauren Rhett, Lauren Akins, Lauren Greogory
Birthdate: Lauren Rhett was born on November 8, 1989 in the United States as Lauren Gregory.
Age: Lauren Rhett is 28 years old.
Marriage Date: Lauren married Thomas Rhett on October 12, 2012.
Height: Thomas Rhett is 5’10” and Lauren is fairly close in height. We estimate Lauren Atkins to be 5’8′ tall by looking at several photos of Lauren next to Thomas Rhett.
Job: Lauren stars in several of Thomas Rhett’s music videos. She has a Jewelry line for Charity and she is raising two daughters. Lauren is very busy in global philanthropy and supports several charitable organizations. Lauren works for an organization called 147 Million Orphans that provides food, water, medicine, and shelter to those in need in less developed countries. Lauren Akins has traveled to Haiti, Kenya, and Uganda, and is committed to helping children around the world lead better lives
Sorority: Lauren was involved with the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority during her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Studies.
Pets: Lauren has a dog named Cash that appears to be mostly a Chocolate Lab. The other pup appears to be a mix.
College: Lauren attended Nursing School and has a nursing degree from University of Tennessee.
Sports Fan: Lauren is a big fan of University of Tennessee Football and is also spotted at Nashville, Predator NHL games.
Music Video Appearances: Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren Akins, has appeared in six of his music videos including: “Get Me Some of That“, “Die A Happy Man,” “Vacation,” “Star of the Show” and “Craving You” and “Life Changes” making Lauren one of the most featured music video wives of all time.
Kids: Thomas and Lauren Rhett have two daughters. They adopted Wila Gray from Uganda, Africa. Wila is now two years old. The couple had baby daughter Ada James Akins (born last August). Ada shares her first name with Lauren’s great-grandmother. “My grandmother’s mom’s name is Ada– Googling meanings of names, I found that Ada means happy,” Lauren added. “And she’s the happiest little surprise we’ve ever had!”. Ada’s middle name ‘James’ is a popular name on both sides of Thomas and Lauren’s family trees.
Lauren Rhett Jewelry Line: Lauren has partnered with Emily Dee to launch the Lauren Akins X Ladybird line that offers charm necklaces to support the Love One International’s charitable efforts in Uganda. The East African nation is special to Thomas and Lauren as this is the birthplace of their adopted daughter (Wila Gray). Lauren also designed Sunglasses for a charitable cause.
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