Not all celebrity marriages last the test of time; after all, performers have incredibly demanding schedules that often get in the way of their personal lives. Luke Bryan would certainly be no exception to this rule, with millions of adoring fans and a booming career, one might be quick to assume that he made little to no time for family at all – that would be sorely incorrect.
“It was love at first sight with Caroline — those blue eyes of hers.” Bryan divulged to Good Housekeeping in an interview recently, “I knew that, no matter what, I was going to make my way over to her.”
And that he did. After his initial approach in 1998 when the two were in college, they dated, but split for over five years. However, Luke and Caroline found their way back to one another again where they tied the knot in 2006, and have since grown their family by two with their boys Bo and Tate.
The Huffington Post may have been spot on when they referred to Bryan as “The Sweetest Husband In Country Music” and in his December 2013 interview with Good Housekeeping, he let us all know just how he makes his wife, marriage and sons a huge priority in his life. Without further ado, here are four noteworthy quotes from the interview straight from the man himself boasting advice that any marriage can benefit from mirroring:
1.) Be present.
“When I’m home, I try to really be home.” Bryan told Good Housekeeping, “We love to let our boys climb in bed with us at night, and we all watch TV.”
At the end of the day, it’s the little things that really matter in a family or relationship. Years from now, your significant other may not remember what you ate one day, or what material possessions you gave them, but they will most certainly remember you being there and the intimate moments you shared. Whether that means watching TV as a family or just sharing a cup of coffee together in the morning as Luke and wife, Caroline, do every morning.
“We have coffee in the morning, just Caroline and me. It’s my favorite time of the day; anytime we can have 30 minutes to talk, it’s just great.”
2.) Be affectionate.
“Every night before bed, I rub my wife’s feet. She says they’re the best foot rubs on Earth.”
I think any woman would be tickled that her husband wanted to rub her feet down every night before bed, but I won’t argue that a foot rub from Luke Bryan could be the best on the planet. Regardless, a physical gesture of affection is really going to show your significant other how much you care about how they feel. It shows that you want to do anything you can to make them feel loved and relaxed. Even if it means rubbing their tootsies at the end of a long day.
3.) Be communicative.
“We don’t have big throwdown fights. If we have a beef, we always talk it out instead of letting it snowball.”
This is one of the best pieces of advice to take away from Luke Bryan’s relationship. Avoid having to hash it out with your partner in the form of a blowout fight. Instead, address things that are bothering you as they come. This gives you the opportunity to have a constructive conversation or argument. All arguments aren’t bad, that’s a common misonception. In fact, many, when approached calmly and with understanding, are extremely beneficial and bring couples closer, ensuring that each party is happy having addressed issues that could have otherwise festered.
4.) Be spontaneous.
“We do little nights out together. One Valentine’s Day, we got each other’s initials tattooed on our ring fingers!”
One of the joys of life that people often lose sight of in a serious relationship is really experiencing it. It’s all too easy to get swept up in our daily routines; this is where spontaneity is one of the greatest characteristics a relationship can possess. Be spontaneous, never stop “dating”. Keep date nights a permanent part of your relationship to give you some time to reflect on why you’re together now and why it happened in the first place.