Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer's love story: How couple fell in love in 8 seconds and survived a 5-year breakup
Country legend Luke Bryan will soon be seen taking over the responsibilities as a judge on the new season of singing reality show ‘American Idol’ once again, along with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Ryan Seacrest will also return as the host for the upcoming season. He has been hosting the reality show since its premiere on Fox back in 2002.
The latest installment is coming back soon for a fourth season on ABC. It will officially begin on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 8 pm ET. The first few episodes will broadcast the tryout process for Season 19. Bryan has been associated with the talent show for long and fans are aware of his extensive award-winning discography. However, not much is known about his personal life. So, let’s dive deep into the relationship he shares with his wife of 15 years, Caroline Boyer.
‘Took only eight seconds to fall in love’
The first meeting is always special and the same happened with the ‘Drink a Beer’ hitmaker and the love of his life Caroline Boyer. The duo first bumped into each other in college. Yes, the two are college sweethearts but they also had their share of ups and downs just like the others. They dated but soon broke-up, only to come back stronger and better than ever. They first met in 1998 at a bar and talking about the same, the 44-year-old country singer told HuffPost, “We met in college (Georgia Southern) back in fall 1998. At a little bar called Dingus Magee’s in Statesboro, Georgia. We dated in college and then we broke up for like five-and-a-half years and got back together... and we’ve been depending on each other ever since.”
Caroline also spilled the details about them to People magazine. Talking about when they first saw each other, she said, “He (Luke) was always a gentleman. We hung out as friends first and he never made a move on me. I kissed him first! He was always so scared of making a girl feel uncomfortable, he wouldn't cross a line.” Bryan also revealed to the website The Boot how it only took him eight seconds to realize that the two were going to spend the rest of their lives together. “It took me eight seconds to figure it out and it took her about eight years to figure it out. I had to drink a lot before I could go talk to her, but I did. Somehow I managed to ease over there and somewhat be charming. It was one of those situations for me, it was like, 'Who is that and how do I go talk to her? And, yep, I'm going to marry that girl.'”
Why it didn’t work out the first time?
Talking about the end of their college romance, Caroline spilled the beans on Get Real With Caroline Hobby podcast, as reported by the website Goalcast, and recalled why she broke up with Bryan after a year and a half of dating. “I got freaked out because he was talking about marriage. She also admitted that the breakup was "horrible". She added that she eventually moved on and had two other serious boyfriends before she found her way back to Bryan.
Walking down the aisle and the tough times ahead
After all the ups and downs, Bryan and Boyer walked the aisle on December 8, 2006, in Turks & Caicos. According to People magazine, Bryan proposed to Boyer in front of the Nashville Parthenon. After getting married, Bryan was focusing on his career where at a point it was Boyer who was taking care of the finances before his singing career took off. Speaking to People, he revealed, “When we got married, her career supported me when I was making about $10,000 a year. She was the one bringing in the dough.”
The couple had their first child Thomas Boyer Bryan in March 2008 and had their second kid two years later, named Tatum Christopher Bryan. The singer and his wife also went through a rough patch when Bryan’s sister and brother-in-law died in 2007 and 2014 respectively. They have their two own kids but the couple also decided to take care of his sister’s three kids.