Thomas Rhett Says Daughter Willa Is Taking Her Role as a Big Sister in Stride: ‘She’s Super Protective of Ada’

Having dual kids underneath a age of 2 would be a plea for anybody — yet chuck a opening of a pop-up shop, manuscript recover and general debate into a brew and you’ve now reached Thomas Rhett’s level.

“To have dual children underneath a age of 2 has been flattering severe for me and [my wife] Lauren [Akins],” Thomas Rhett, 27, told PEOPLE during a launch of his Los Angeles pop-up on Friday. “But during a same time, we feel like if we can hoop this, we can hoop flattering most anything.”

This week, in particular, has been vital for Thomas Rhett both professionally and privately — his manuscript Life Changes became a initial nation manuscript in 2017 to strike No. 1 on a Billboard 200 and his 22-month-old daughter Willa Gray, whom he and Akins, 27,  adopted from Uganda in May, usually had her initial day of school.

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“It was unhappy for me and Lauren, yet she didn’t care,” Thomas Rhett says of Willa Gray starting school, that is usually one day a week. “I don’t consider she even incited around and looked during us before we left.”

“I feel like I’ve famous her for forever,” Thomas Rhett adds. “I feel like she’s so most comparison than she is, yet she’s still so immature and so to watch her in [the school] sourroundings and watch her play with other kids was usually unequivocally cold for me and Lauren to see.”

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After welcoming daughter Ada James, 5 weeks, in August, Akins told PEOPLE during a time that carrying a small sister was “world-changing” and “emotional” for Willa Gray, yet given then, Thomas Rhett says she has entirely practiced to carrying a baby around.

“For dual weeks, [Willa] was like, ‘Who is this chairman who came in and took some of a courtesy divided from me?’ ” Thomas Rhett says. “But now she’s super protecting of Ada and is usually branch into an extraordinary big sister.”

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Thomas Rhett’s two daughters and wife were on palm to assistance him applaud his lesser-known adore for conform with a launch of his pop-up shop, that facilities a collection of streetwear-inspired styles for group and women from a new collection Daniel Patrick X Thomas Rhett, 4 varieties of New Era ball caps featuring Thomas Rhett’s Home Team logo, t-shirts tradition designed and handmade by MadeWorn as good as a singular supply of tradition crafted denim jackets by stylist Kemal Harris.

Also accessible for squeeze during a emporium is debate sell and a shirt his mother designed for 147 Million Orphans, a gift a integrate has worked closely with and by that they initial met Willa Gray.

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“If we ask someone who doesn’t know anything about nation music, they’re going to consider all we wear is belt buckles and cowboy boots,” Thomas Rhett says, yet he admits he wore cowboy boots for a initial dual years of his career. “I started to dance around on theatre and satisfied we was going to mangle my ankle if we didn’t switch shoes.”

He continues: “There’s so many people in nation that are hip and have good ambience in what they wear on stage, so for me to be means to be shrill about it is something that has never unequivocally been finished in this genre. They do it in a cocktail and hip-hop universe all a time, so because can’t we do it?”

Thomas Rhett, a self-proclaimed sneakerhead, has always desired streetwear and unsettled equipment so he wanted to make certain he incorporated things that he indeed wears into a collection. But as to either his character has altered given apropos a dad?


“I tuck my shirt in some-more now,” Thomas Rhett says with a laugh. “I’m really rocking some father vibes. we consider my character is ever-changing, generally with a things that can change it even some-more — like carrying kids.”

As his daughters get older, though, Thomas Rhett thinks they’ll really be a ones “giving all a advice” when it comes to style.