Behind the smile, the laugh and the way in which Luke Bryan seems to brighten every room he walks into, there is an undeniable sadness that surrounds the country music star — sadness that is quite evident in a new interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts.
Sharing a now-familiar part of his story, Luke tells Robin, “I was set to move to Nashville when I was 19. I had it all in line. I had an apartment. Just before I moved to Nashville, my brother was killed in a car accident so that totally derailed it and postponed by Nashville plans.”
Yet, it was Luke’s father who made sure his soon-to-be-superstar son still made it to Music City. “My dad could tell I was one foot in the door and one foot out the door,” Luke says of that time when he was back home working on his father’s farm following the 1995 death of his brother Chris. “He said, ‘This life will always be here,’” recalls Luke. “He was really adamant about [me] chasing my dream. Just based on what we had dealt with my brother, we had seen how fragile life was, and [that] you gotta try things. So getting to Nashville was pretty liberating.”
As Luke’s fans know, he did make it to Music City and eventually made it to the Grand Ole Opry stage before he was hit with more devastating news. A month after his Opry debut, Luke learned that his beloved sister had also died unexpectedly. “Just when we started picking up the pieces with my brother, we lose my sister,” he says.
But just like Luke, he remains committed to turning his pain into hope.
“You have to honor their memory by living,” Luke says. “You have to be a positive light.”
Luke’s fun interview with Robin airs Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. (ET) on ABC.