Rhett and Akins welcome a baby girl to the family as he’s also set to release a Christmas album and more
Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren welcomed their fourth child, Willa Gray Akins, on Friday.
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Rhett shared the news on Instagram, writing: “We welcomed Willa Gray Akins into our family of love and laughter last night. She was a full moon born at 7.10pm with only 10 seconds of contractions. She is a blessing, thank you Jesus for another angel walking among us.”
According to the press release, the Rhett and his wife’s oldest daughter Ada James is “caught in the middle” between the two little girls. “Pregnancy and having four children has really cut into family time for [Rhett and Lauren] and, while the goal is to do as much together as possible, being that all new babies are born on Tuesday, every Tuesday, she has been spending quite a bit of time with Willa as Ada and Willa are the same year,” the press release said.
“We are already looking forward to 2019 where we can welcome Willa into the family and focus all of our attention on her and her sisters. Thank you all for your prayers and support!”
The couple was already parents to daughters Willa Gray, four, and two-year-old Ada James. Rhett also has one son, two-year-old Ryker James. In June, the country singer, known for his hit single Star of the Show, revealed on Instagram that he had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Rhett said the “experience changed” him, teaching him to become more aware of his own health.
Rhett’s most recent single, The Fighter, featuring Maren Morris, reached No 14 on the Billboard country charts in November. The father-of-four will play three concerts in Nashville on Monday (21 December), Tuesday (22 December) and Wednesday (23 December) as part of his Home Team Tour.
The Christmas album will be his second this year. Rhett released the album Life Changes, a celebration of the start of his marriage and son’s birth. The record also included Dolly Parton duet 9 to 5 and a cover of a track by his manager. Rhett followed it up with Life Changes II, featuring Asleep at the Wheel’s Jerry Douglas.