Jelly Roll’s Wife Bunnie XO Defends Morgan Wallen: “Those Decisions Are Never Easy”

Bunnie XO took to TikTok to defend Morgan Wallen after he received backlash for canceling his Mississippi concert for being “unable to sing.”


Melinda Lorge


Posted on April 27, 2023

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Bunnie XO; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT – Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Bunnie XO, the wife of rapper turned country hitmaker Jelly Roll, is speaking out amid the backlash that Morgan Wallen has been receiving after canceling his concert earlier this month at the Vaught Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, as part of his ongoing One Night At A Time headlining tour. 

Taking to TikTok, the model and host of The Dumb Blonde Podcast, 43, informed her more than 1.6M followers that she had been staying plugged into the Wallen debacle. And as someone who understands the life of a touring artist, she wanted to come to Wallen’s defense, with hopes of changing the perspective of outsiders who have been negative about the situation. 

Bunnie XO Chimes In On Morgan Wallen Debacle

“I wanted to chime in on this Morgan Wallen situation that’s going on,” Bunnie XO began the conversation on Monday (April 24). “I’ve been watching it unfold all day long. I just feel like I need to say something because as a wife of an artist, I have seen what goes on behind the scenes, and it’s not easy. Those decisions are never easy.”

Bunnie XO went on to detail her story of being behind the scenes on tour, telling fans that her famous husband has struggled before to get on stage at past shows due to “bronchitis.” 

“I have seen my husband getting literally, like, two or three breathing treatments because he has bronchitis so bad, and an IV, getting a shot of Toradol, taking steroids like the steroid pack that the doctor gives you, I mean, like doing all of that just so he makes it onstage because he knows that if he doesn’t make it onstage because, one, the backlash he’ll get, and two, he never wants to upset the fans,” she said.

Jelly Roll’s wife Bunnie XO continued, “When an artist has to make a decision to cancel a show, especially when you get to arenas like that, it’s one of the hardest decisions they have ever made. It’s not them sitting in the back and saying, like, ‘Oh, you know, I don’t want to show up to work today.’ There are so many factors that go into that. Not only that, but they lose out on money. They have to pay the venues back.”

Bunnie Xo and Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT
Bunnie Xo and Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

“Health Is The Most Important Thing”

While Bunnie XO showed her support for Wallen in her message, she also acknowledged the money and time spent and the adjusting of schedules that take place for families to be able to attend live shows. She says she sympathizes with people who take time out of their lives to plan for events, but she wanted to remind folks that “health is the most important thing.”

“I understand, people have to travel thousands of miles to see their favorite artist. I understand that parents have had to get babysitters and time off work, and this is their one night out that they are really looking forward to, but you also have to understand that health is the most important thing,” she said. “If somebody’s sick, they cannot go out there, and give their all. If he really lost his voice and he went out there onstage, and he was singing, [and giving] the worst version of himself that he could, not only would you guys be mad at him still — you all would be making videos about that, like, ‘Look at Morgan Wallen’s worst performance ever’ — and trying to get views from it. An artist is damned if they do, damned if they don’t.”

“But I guess my whole point is I’m coming on here to say that maybe, have a little grace. It’s like, be nice. Be kind. It costs nothing to be nice and to just kind of put yourself in that other person’s shoes,” she said, closing out her message.

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr

Morgan Wallen Was Forced To Cancel His Show In Mississippi Due To Being “Unable To Sing”

On Sunday (April 23) night, fans packed inside the Vaught Hemingway Stadium in Oxford to experience Wallen’s live show, only to find out that the concert had been canceled at the last minute.

“After last night’s show, I started losing my voice, so I spent the day resting up, talking to my doctor, and working through my vocal exercises, trying to get better,” Wallen wrote in an Instagram story the following day. ”I really thought I’d be able to take the stage, and it kills me to deliver this so close to showtime, but my voice is shot, and I am unable to sing. All tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. I am so sorry. I promise you guys I tried everything I could.”

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr

Since canceling his show, the “You Proof” hitmaker has faced backlash, rumors, including one that claimed Wallen’s reason for canceling the show was because he was “too drunk” to take the stage, which the security company proved “false” and even a lawsuit, which has since been dropped.

Morgan Wallen Rescheduled Three Additional Concerts

On Monday (April 24), he issued an apology on Instagram and updated fans on additional shows, writing, “Y’all know how important my fans are to me, so I feel horrible about this news. There’s nothing more I want to do than be on stage playing for you guys. But as of today, I’m on doctor-ordered vocal rest, and we have to reschedule this week’s shows. I appreciate and understand everything you do to get to my shows, so it would be unfair of me to put on a show that I know will not be 100%. I’m doing everything I can to speed up the process of getting to that 100% mark.”

Wallen’s three additional shows that have been rescheduled were to take place in Michigan, Illinois, and Nebraska. His next scheduled tour stop as part of his One Night At A Time trek will take place on May 4 in Jacksonville, FL, at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

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