Thomas Rhett can’t help but reflect on his relationship with his wife, Lauren Akins, as the couple’s 10-year wedding anniversary approaches. It’s especially fitting for the award-winning singer-songwriter because his latest album — the first of two he planned to release this year — is called Where We Started. Rhett’s sixth studio album released this spring, with “Church Boots,” “Angels,” “Half Of Me” featuring Riley Green, “Slow Down Summer” and the title track featuring Katy Perry among the fan-favorites on the 15-track collection.
Rhett, 32, looks back at where he started a decade ago, simultaneously launching his career as a country artist while beginning his marriage, which was in October of 2012. Now six studio albums and four kids later, Rhett reflected and shared what he’d tell his 21-year-old self in a recent statement shared by his record label:
“With the whole outlook of Where We Started, for me, I kinda look back to when I first started in this career, when I first got married, and just lookin’ at Lauren and being like, dang. 10 years ago, you and I were riding in a Sprinter van with eight other dudes in my band, and we were doing 300 shows a year. And you know, looking at our life now with four children and, by the grace of God, had a little bit of success in this business, and it’s kinda wild to look back and ask yourself, if I could tell my 21-year-old self, this is where you’re going to be, this is crazy.”
Last year, Rhett shared an adorable throwback photo from 2011, writing in his caption: “I'm thankful to God every day that You said yes to marrying me! …I can't wait to see what the next 50 years has to hold for us.” Posting a photo from their wedding day, Akins added that she’s “so grateful for this life with you and our babies.” Since tying the knot, the couple welcomed four daughters: Willa Gray (6), Ada James (5), Lennon Love (2), and Lillie Carolina, who was born in November.