Luke Combs Opens up About Parenting Without a Nanny And Giving His Kids The Most Normal Life Possible

Combs acknowledged that parenting two young kids was “going to be a challenge because we don’t have nannies or any of that stuff.”

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Posted on September 7, 2023

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Luke Combs and wife Nicole Hocking Combs are officially parents of two, having welcomed their second son, Beau Combs, last month.

Beau joins big brother Tex Lawrence, 1, and while the Combs family now has two under two, Luke and Nicole don’t plan on hiring a nanny.

Speaking to Audacy’s Katie Neal, Luke acknowledged that parenting two young kids was “going to be a challenge because we don’t have nannies or any of that stuff,” adding that he and his wife want their kids to have as close to normal childhoods as they can. 

“We’ve thought about it, and it’s not a question of ‘Can we afford that?’ It’s a question of ‘Do we want that for our kids?’” he said. “And right now, at this time, I don’t think that’s something that we’re really interested in because I want our kids to have as normal of a life as possible considering the circumstances. I’d rather them be riding bikes than riding a tour bus.”

Luke Combs, Nicole Hocking Combs; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA
Luke Combs, Nicole Hocking Combs; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA

Vow To Not Employ A Nanny

The couple hasn’t wavered on their decision not to hire outside help, as Combs told WKML after Tex was born that he and Nicole weren’t employing a nanny.

“We don’t have any help at home [with Tex], so it’s just me and her (Nicole) raising the little man,” he said. “So shout out to her for really bearing the brunt of that. It’s just been amazing, you know, being parents; it’s just so great.”

Respects Garth Brooks’ Decision To Take Musical Hiatus To Raise His Kids

While Combs doesn’t currently have plans to take a hiatus from his career to focus on fatherhood, he did express admiration for Garth Brooks, who did just that in the 2000s.

“No doubt people thought he was nuts,” he told Neal of Brooks. “But it all makes sense once you have kids… I’m not saying that’s what I’m going to do.”

“My kids didn’t ask to be born,” he continued. “It was our choice to have them so it would feel pretty selfish to not give them all the attention.”

Luke Combs; Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC, Garth Brooks; Photo by Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images for dcp
Luke Combs; Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC, Garth Brooks; Photo by Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images for dcp

Hopes To Give His Children The Most Normal Life Possible

The 33-year-old has been open about his desire for his kids to remain as down-to-earth as possible despite their dad’s massive success, telling Esquire earlier this year that he wants to maintain their privacy and allow them to be normal kids.

“I want my son—and eventually my children—to have as normal of a life as they deserve to have,” he said. “To ride bikes, to have privacy, to go fishing. I don’t want them to be on jets all the time going all around the world—not that we wouldn’t go on vacation together. I want them to have the things that I didn’t have. But I also want them to have the things that I did have, which was a really fun, normal feeling childhood.”

Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Recently Welcomed Second Child, Beau

Before Beau was born, Luke admitted that he didn’t feel quite ready to become a father of two.

“Ready is not the word,” he told Neal. “It’s not twice the work, it’s like, five times the work,” he said of going from one child to two.

“We’re like, ‘Man, we got the one kid and are so dialed in to what that’s like,’” he continued. “I know when this is going to happen, [and] when this is going to happen. When I’m home, we just know how it’s gonna go, me and my wife have such a great system down.”

Luke and Nicole announced baby Beau’s arrival at the end of August, sharing a joint post featuring a Polaroid photo of their newborn’s feet with his name written on the image.

“8.15.2023 – Beau Lee Combs,” their caption read. “Welcome to the world. We couldn’t love you more.”

Additionally, Luke Combs recently scored his 17th No. 1 single with “Love You Anyway,” a song that serves as a tribute to his wife, Nicole Combs.

Combs will soon head overseas in October to complete his massive 2023 world tour and recently announced his 2024 Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour, which is scheduled to kick off on April 12 in Milwaukee, WI.

For more information on Luke Combs’ upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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