Chris Daughtry Reconnects With His Rural Roots

07/23/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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Perspectives often change as children become adults, and nothing can change a perspective faster than the arrival of a child! Chris Daughtry, 29, recalls growing up in rural North Carolina and promising himself that one day he’d live in the big city, but the married father of two has since had a change of heart.

“My wife [Deanna] and I recently bought some land in North Carolina and are planning on living that kind of life,” he tells the California Chronicle. “We’re gonna grow our own stuff and even build a chicken coop for our own eggs.”

There will still be electricity, however! Chris plans to put it to good use alongside Hannah, 11, and Griffin, 9, who give him “an excuse to play video games.” They also give the couple of eight years plenty of opportunities to visit the local movie theater, where they recently saw Up. “I ended up bawlin’ like a baby,” Chris admits.

“You see a couple in love, growing up, planning their lives together — and then the wife dies. It was very moving. Then, we look over and our kids are laughing at [my wife and me], like, ‘What’s wrong with them?'”

Chris’ new album with Daughtry, Leave This Town, is available now.

Source: California Chronicle

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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SouthernBelle on

Aw, I wish I hadn’t read the whole article…I wanted to see Up and now I know what happens (when I had no idea the premise of the movie!) You need a Spoiler Alert! at the top of the article! LOL!
I wonder what part of North Carolina Chris either lives in or plans to live in. Anyone know?

Shan on

He seems like such a nice guy.

mmh on

I cried the whole time at Up too. Great movie!! But don’t worry SouthernBelle, that’s not the entire movie — you should still see it!!!

Thrifty Sisters Coupon Clipping Service on

Chris seems like such a great guy and wonderful father and husband. I love Daughtry’s new album too!!

Sarah on

I cried like a baby when I saw “Up” too. I thought I was the only one and it’s nice to know someone else felt the same way I did.

He seems like a great guy, which probably makes him a great dad too!

Heather on

Okay so I normally don’t comment anymore.. but I could not help myself on this post!! I love Chris!! I’m not an AI fan but when he was on I watched and voted for him. I’m glad to see the success he’s had since leaving AI and even cooler I think is that the fame does not seem to have changed him. His two kiddos are not biologically his but you would NEVER know it from the way he loves them, talks about them, all of that. It’s really heartwarming to see that even with all of his new found fame he’s still an awesome husband and father and he provides for those kids as if they came right from his blood. Of course to him, they are his blood!🙂 Pretty crazy to think that just years ago he was working in an auto repair shop and scraping by… and now he’s doing what he loves for a living. Nice to see good things happen to good people. It takes a big heart to love your step children as if they were you own… I know b/c I have an awesome step dad too!

jk on

A)Chris is delicious!
B)Seems like a wonderful husband and father.
C)New album is amazing…haven’t been able to stop listening to it!
D)Chris is delicious!

Marlee on

He’s not my type and I really don’t care for his music, but I guess Chris Daughtyr does seem like a caring dad. Kudos.

Sarah K. on

Thanks Heather, I didn’t know that his kids weren’t biologically his. Not that it really matters of course, but it does make me respect him a little more. He seems like a great dad!

Heather on

@ Sarh K… You’re welcome! I was concerned that my comment may sound as if I was meaning it in a bad way that they are not biologically his. Glad it came across well b/c I meant it in a kudos to him kind of way. Like you said it doesn’t matter it just makes him all that much cooler. If they’ve been together for 8 years, he and his wife, that means when they met she was the Mom of a 1 and 3 year old… too many men shy away from that as if kids are a problem when really they are a blessing that add so much joy to your life! The only reason I knew he not their biological father is b/c when he was on AI his wife was talking about how he stepped into the Father role and married her with kids etc. Other than that I’ve never heard it mentioned, which is also really cool!!🙂

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