Bebe Rexha, who worked with Florida Georgia Line on 'Meant To Be', has shared in a series of tweets on Monday that she has bipolar disorder. "For the longest time, I didn't understand why I felt so sick," she explains. "Why I felt lows that made me not what to leave my house or be around people and why I felt highs that wouldn't let me sleep, wouldn't let me stop working or creating music. Now I know why. I'm bipolar and I'm not ashamed anymore. That is all." Musicians and fans responded with messages of support and encouragement.
Last night Kelsea Ballerini was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Carrie Underwood was there to help honour her on her special day. "I want to thank them for asking this talented, incredible, smart, sweet, beautiful woman to be a member," Carrie said. "You have accomplished so much in your career and you will undoubtedly accomlish infinite amounts more in your career and in your life. Awards and number ones and sales and tours and fans and just all of it. But this is better than all of that. This is the heart and soul of country music." Fans threw pink roses onto the stage to mark the moment. "There's rarely been a moment that's made me just stop and take a minute and be grateful and look up," Kelsea said. "One that I remember is February 14, 2015 and that is when I made my Opry debut. And one is right now. I just want to say that it's so nice and comforting to know that no matter where life takes me and no matter if the radio stops playing me tomorrow and whatever happens, that I can always come here and I can always play country music." Congratulations Kelsea!!
Brett Young and his wife Taylor shared their gender reveal video on Instagram yesterday. Taylor pitched a powder-filled ball to Brett. He hits the ball and it breaks open showering him with pink dust. The couple's baby girl is due this fall. "We have always shared the same heart for wanting a family," Brett says. "I love knowing that we get to give this little one an amazing life and I just can't wait for the future ahead of us as a family. We are so blessed!"
Tenille Townes opened for Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town on their Bandwagon Tour in 2018 and Tenille says that Miranda has been very supportive. "It was my very first tour and night on a bus, first time playing an amphitheatre, last summer," she recalls. "She ran to Target and got me this duffel bag filled with goodies and said, 'These are your tour bus essentials'. The bag also included a handwritten note from Miranda that made Tenille cry. "She's incredible," Tenille says. "We've had a couple of moments where we've had heart-to-heart chats and just telling me she's there for me if I ever need anything and that means the world to me coming from her." Miranda must be a fan because Tenille will be back on the road with her later this year for her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour. It will also feature Maren Morris, Elle King, Pistol Annies, Ashley McBryde and Caylee Hammack.
When Austin Burke, an aspiring country star from Arizona, landed a performance slot at 2019 Country Thunder on Saturday, he decided he wanted to do something special for his girlfriend. Later in the night, Dierks Bentley brought Austin out for a special performance. After singing a duet of "Come a Little Closer", he invited his girlfriend, Lexy Kady, to the stage and got down on one knee. "Not only are you my best friend but you're the love of my life," Austin said just before popping the question. Lexy said yes.
Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae have announced that they are expecting their first child. Kane made the announcement yesterday (April 15) on Instagram by posting a sonogram picture. They were married in October 2018.
Brantley Gilbert will be hitting the road this summer for his 2019 Not Like Us Tour. Michael Ray and Lindsay Ell will be joining him. The tour starts June 20 in Cincinnati and will make stops in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa and more. Additional dates will be announced soon. "I’m trying to open things up, but keep bringing the intensity,” says Brantley. “I think Michael really gets how guys feel, and rolls into a sound that’s all his own, and Lindsay, man, the only thing better than the way she sings is the way she plays that guitar! I am really fired up to be bringing both these folks out on the road this fall, because I know they’re gonna give the BG Nation something that’s gonna lift em up, throw em down, and make them glad they got there early.”
A Thousand Horses singer Michael Hobby and his wife, Caroline, confirmed to People that they are expecting a baby girl in early September. The couple found out they were expecting when they were visiting Caroline's sister at Christmas.. "We've been trying for a while so it wasn't a surprise but Caroline just had that sixth sense of 'I think I'm pregnant,'" Michael recalls. "She came out of the bathroom, we were all in the kitchen, and she announced it." "It was quite the Christmas present," Caroline adds.