American country music singer and songwriter, Thomas Rhett adopted Willa Gray Akins from an orphanage in Uganda. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards Top Country Songs award winner is now a proud father of two daughters with his wife Lauren Akins.

“I remember the day I told my daddy and mama ‘you’re gonna have grandkids from Uganda’. That’s right, we adopted and she’s the cutest little girl she ever seen.” That is a line in Thomas Rhett’s latest song titled ‘Life Changes’ which he released on July 10th 2018.

The song talks about the beauty of life and how it changes and we see better days. In the video, he often shares moments with his wife Lauren Akins, and her two daughters, one of whom was adopted in Uganda in May 2017.

Willa Gray Akins was welcomed to America to her new parents Thomas and Lauren on May 12th 2017 after over a year of documentation to finalize adoption procedures.

Lauren first met the 18-month-old, aptly nicknamed “Blessing” in her home country, in 2016 when Lauren visited Uganda on an orphanage mission. Willa had been orphaned when she was still a newborn baby.

At the time, the couple had been trying to conceive without success and had just developed a discussion concerning adoption. On seeing a photo of Lauren holding Willa, Thomas Rhett was struck by his wife’s natural bond with the baby. He remembers the look on his wife very well;

Lauren had this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way. I just blurted out, ‘We should bring her home.’

At the time, the couple discovered that Lauren was finally pregnant, of another girl, and due in August 2017. Was Willa a blessing? Probably.One thing we know is Thomas Rhett and Lauren are so proud of both their daughters.


Thomas is pleased that Willa made him a Dad;

It is very weird to be called ‘Dad’ by a little human being. But it is one of the coolest feelings in the world. Nothing beats that.

Watch Thomas Rhett’s ‘Life Changes’ video below;

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Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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