When you see Luke Bryan, you always see a huge, flashing smile and a sparkling personality. He might just be the happiest guy in country music.
But beneath the surface, the country superstar has his own daily struggles and private pain. Not many know the extent of the loss Luke and his family have suffered in their personal lives, but it’s a heartbreaking story of sadness that also shines a light on unconditional love and hope.
When he was just 19 years old, Luke lost his older brother in a tragic car accident. It’s a loss that Luke carries with him to this day. He had his older sister Kelly to lean on through the years, until tragedy once again struck the Bryan family when Kelly suddenly passed away at her home a few days after Luke made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2007. She left behind three beautiful children and her husband, Ben. But when Ben also died suddenly on Nov. 29, 2015, leaving behind three teenagers, everyone’s life changed in a big way.
Now, Luke is finally opening up to ABC’s Robin Roberts and the world about the events that changed his family’s life forever in a brand new TV special, “Living Every Day: Luke Bryan,” a one-hour in-depth interview with Luke that is set to air during CMA Awards week.
“It’s a constant struggle,” Luke tells Robin in a clip from the upcoming special.
“It is so tough.”
Luke and his wife Caroline talk through the loss and suffering, as well the decision to raise their nephew, Til, in their home. They also share how their family has found hope in the midst of such tragedy.
“Isn’t it amazing what can happen? The good things, the bad things,” Luke says.
Yes, it is, Luke. And you and your family continue to amaze and inspire us all. We will be watching.
“Living Every Day: Luke Bryan” airs Monday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. (ET) on ABC. “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” air two nights later on the same network.