Luke Bryan is more than just a country star and American Idol judge. He’s also a loving parent, husband, and uncle. In 2014, Luke began raising his sister’s son and daughters after tragedy struck the family.
Luke’s sister, Kelly, passed away from unknown causes in 2007 while she was at home with her then-toddler son. Her husband, Ben, went on to raise their three kids, son Til and daughters Kris and Jordan.
“They never determined what happened [to Kelly]. The autopsies, the coroner, no one could figure it out,” Luke told People in 2013.
Sadly, in 2014, Ben also passed away in a car accident. Til was 16 then, while Kris and Jordan were both college-aged. Luke and Caroline immediately decided to take all three of them in as their own.
“We never thought twice about it,” Caroline told ABC in 2017.
And just like that, Til moved to live with the family in Nashville.
“I woke up one day and I’m raising a teen,” Luke said.
The experience has been a “challenge,” but given the circumstances, it’s also been really positive — and the family wouldn’t have it any other way.