Gary LeVox: Life Has Given Me a Strong Foundation for Fatherhood

03/24/2009 at 09:00 AM ET
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Despite an extremely successful music career as the lead singer of the country trio Rascal Flatts, life has dealt Gary LeVox his fair share of obstacles. With a list of regrets including the passing of his grandparents before they were able to hold his children or watch him perform on stage, Gary reveals to Reader’s Digest that the feeling of heartbreak is one the 38-year-old knows all too well.

As an 8-year-old child, Gary recalls his parents divorcing only to have his mother remarry two years later to a man that would fill a major role in the young boy’s life — simultaneously teaching him to hunt and be responsible. Unfortunately, however, the marriage did not last. “When I was 18, my mom and stepdad announced that they were divorcing,” he recalls. “I was shattered. I wanted a father.”

While Gary and his former stepdad have each gone their separate ways — the singer often contemplates “reaching out to him” — he admits that the struggles he faced as a child provided him with a strong foundation for a family of his own. “Living through divorce has made me a better husband and father,” he explains. “I may not be the best looking guy in the world, but my wife and kids love me for who I am.”

Married and the father of two daughters, Gary can’t help but count each blessing that has come his way, including that of his children. Having “exceeded every dream” ever imagined, the proud papa — and self-proclaimed “sap” — admits that the tears often flow when thinking of his family. “It’s hard to remember life before my daughters,” he says.

“Some days I’ll be singing in the studio and think of them and just start crying. It’s like, ‘Man up, Gary, come on.'”

Gary and his wife Tara are parents to Brittany, 8, and Brooklyn, 5.

Source: Reader’s Digest

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Tiffany on

Awww… I’m not a fan of his music but he sure sounds like an awesome dad!

Katie on

I love Gary Levox and the whole Rascal Flatts gang. I never knew that info about him and his parents. But I think he is a very cool dad and no matter what will always be there for Brittney and Brooklyn.

Mechele on

Gary, Joe Don and Jay are all awesome men. They each have a rare talent and when brought together, they make great music. They are a trio of wonderful, caring gentlemen. Living in Nashville, I get to see and hear more of how they work when they aren’t in the limelight. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital lights up when they visit. They have devoted their time and proceeds from concerts, etc. to helping the children of Vanderbilt. These guys are uplifting and good role models for all. Each one is a dad so they have compassion for parents with sick children. They are to be commended!

Megan on

Love the guys in Rascal Flatts. They’re all down to earth, sweet guys.

“simultaneously teaching him to hunt and be responsible”

That’s oddly phrased lol

Jas on

Love the name Brooklyn…that’s my niece’s name too!!🙂

brooklyn Audas on

My name is brooklyn and my only siblings name is brittany. Spelled that same way and everything only I’m the oldest. Same age difference though. I just thought that was awesome. Right on!

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