Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Is Going to Be a Dad!

08/07/2015 at 10:30 AM ET

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There’s a new member of Lady Antebellum on the way!

Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie McConnell Kelley, are expecting their first child, they announced Friday on her lifestyle blog, Womanista.

“Charles and I are SO BEYOND EXCITED to share with y’all that we are expecting a baby! He or she is due in February and we are so happy we can hardly stand it,” she wrote. “Like, ecstatic and I’m crying even as I type those words!”

Sharing their fertility struggle, McConnell Kelley revealed that she and her singer-songwriter husband, who have been married for six years, have been trying to conceive for much of that time.

“Many months went by with negative pregnancy tests and a lot of shared frustration … We went through several years of trying before finally seeing our fertility doctor in Nashville this past November,” she wrotes. “When all was said and done, our doctor informed us that we had about a 1 percent chance of conceiving a child naturally. Yeah. 1 percent.”

She continues, “We never stopped hoping though … We made a plan to regroup this fall and explore other options to expand our family. Then it happened. I woke up one morning in June and there it was, a positive pregnancy test. I was in shock. Happy shock, but shock.”

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Now entering her second trimester, McConnell Kelley, 32, says that she and Kelley, 33, hope to support others in similar situations.

“I share our story not to recycle those annoying clichés (‘Just relax and it will happen!’ or ‘You just need to go on vacation…’). Don’t even get me started on the “Gosh, y’all have been married forever, when are you gonna have kids already!?” comments. Basically just never say that to anyone,” she wrote.

“I share our story because it’s a happy and hopeful one. My prayer is that if you are struggling with trying to conceive a child, you will remain hopeful … I pray that you and your partner will remain strong and united in your marriage and be thankful for the road that you are traveling and the lessons learned, even when it’s really hard … I pray that you will become a mom.”


The couple’s new addition is in good company — Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood is dad to son Cash, 11 months, while Hillary Scott is mom to daughter Eisele, 2.

For more on the Kelley’s fertility struggle, read the full post at Womanista.

— Sarah Michaud

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klutzy_girl on

Congratulations to them!

He’s also the brother of Josh Kelley, husband of Katherine Heigl.

christine cox on

What an awesome person. I’m so glad Cassie shared her story on behalf of all of us who have fertility issues. She hit the nail on the head with the “comments” we are always getting from others such as “when are you guys going to have kids?!” People mean well. but man it gets annoying having to pretend we are just “waiting til the right time” every time someone says something.

To those struggling with fertility, I would suggest to get an HSG. Studies seem to show it boosts fertility for up to 3 months because it clears your fallopian tubes. I’m a firm believer! We have been trying for over a year, I got an HSG last month just to make sure everything was working properly, now I’m finally pregnant! Still can’t believe it.

Anyways prayers and good luck to all who are trying!

kelli on

I totally agree with you. It’s so hard to go through, and I’m so glad she shared their story and perspective. It’s encouraging to hear others’ stories. I’m always sorry to hear that others are going through it too, but it makes me SO happy to hear that their struggle is over. This brought tears to my eyes!

Mel on

What happy news! No one ever knows the struggle of another to concieve.

I wish nobody would ever feel that pain. Wishing them a healthy rest of pregnancy and a quick delivery. What a blessing🙂

guest on

I am so happy for them and for anyone who achieves pregnancy after a fertility struggle. I too went through that and it was soooooo hard. Emotionally, physically and mentally. I’m sure it was difficult for them too when Charles’ bandmates were expecting. But good things come to those who wait and they will appreciate that child so much more because of what they went through for him/her to get here.

I have a beautiful son who just turned 9 the other day and I wouldn’t trade anything with anyone who had a baby easily. I appreciate him every day!!

Julie on

They are precious….good for them!

Congratulations! on

Happy for them! Let me just say, they’re very lucky because it comes down to age, money and time. They have a great income and I’m sure she can pick and choose all the time off she wanted or needed to pursue this full-time. I say that because when you have fertility issues, it does become a “work” to get pregnant. I don’t understand why they didn’t go to a fertility doctor sooner. For years, advice is try one year and then seek a specialist.

FYI, the old adage you got pregnant once, it will happen again is also bogus. We tried almost a year for 2nd child and it never happened. A vacation or relaxing would never have worked for us either. Basically, we were younger with our “first and only” so that was a plus. I had to do all the tests, took pills to raise my levels a few months. After all that, found out my husband had extremely low sperm count all along. I would have had to do tons of shots every month, rounds of IVF, and it’s VERY expensive. I strongly encourage couples to get male tested in the beginning as well as yourself. It saves a lot of heartache, tests, pills, etc. for a woman. You can save yourself precious time and emotional heartache to stick with it or quit.

We had people after us to get married after a couple of years, we took our time and did. Then they start with bugging you to have a baby. Luckily, timing was on our side and it only took a few months. When our daughter was around 2, people start asking when you will have another. It hurts when others around you are getting pg so easily. My parents and best friend to this day only know the truth. Our daughter just married and I can only hope and pray she has the children she wants and plans much more easily!

Kari on

This is great news so happy for them

Kestrel on

I didn’t experience fertility troubles by my brother and his wife did. She lost a baby during all 3 of my pregnancies. She seemed to always want to get pregnant when someone else was. It was terrible. You couldn’t act happy for your own baby without feeling like you were rubbing it in. Even asking her to hold the baby for a minute to get the infant seat made me feel weird.

In the end, they had a little boy and she realized she hated breastfeeding, losing sleep and didn’t want to stay at home so they hired a nanny and she went back to work 60 hours a week as an attorney. My brother is a dentist and they don’t need the cash. I think it was more about the competition than wanting an actual child. She was jealous of someone else getting attention. It totally broke the family apart and I will never forgive her.

Hopefully more research and resources will make a lot of these mysterious infertility issues a thing of the place. Place your hope in science because that is where the “miracle” baby will come from. When God says NO, science says YES.

Anonymous on

Congratulations!- I wonder why the doctors didn’t offer to give your husband medicine to boost his sperm count before saying, “IVF”? That was what my parents’ doctors did when my dad was found to have that issue. They went on to conceive naturally…and then did so AGAIN a few years later, this time WITHOUT the medication! Sometimes a body just needs a little jump-start. Just want to let people know that IVF isn’t always the only option for dealing with male-factor infertility!

BTW, I completely agree with you in wondering why Charles and Cassie didn’t see a fertility doc sooner. My guess is they were in a bit of denial.

All of that said, congrats to them!

Congratulations! on

Dear Anonymous–“Medicine” wouldn’t have helped my husband. He had a condition referred to as a varicocele. His would have required surgery and may have been caused from an old sports injury. There was no guarantee with surgery either. When he went to fertility specialist and gave a “sample”, he basically had 1 valid swimmer after obstaining for days from interourse.

A varicocele (VAR-ih-koe-seel) is an enlargement of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds your testicles (scrotum). A varicocele is similar to a varicose vein that can occur in your leg.Varicoceles are a common cause of low sperm production and decreased sperm quality, which can cause infertility.

Karla on

Good for them. Congratulations!

Anonymous on

Congratulations!- Ah, that makes sense. That’s why I was careful to say that IVF isn’t ALWAYS the only option (as I realize there are cases, like your husband’s, where medicine won’t help). Either way, I probably should have kept my comments to myself, and I’m sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable!

Karla on

So happy for them, they look like a lovely family and its so great she shares her story to help others who have similar situations.

Guest on

Congratulations to the happy family.

Mr. Sunshine on

Certainly, he’s kidding about the kid getting her looks. He’s a mighty fine looking man!!

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