Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard reveals band drama over politics

The contentious politics of 2020 have even affected Florida Georgia Line.

Tyler Hubbard confirmed Tuesday that Brian Kelley’s political messages on social media — which he disagrees with — is what prompted him and his wife, Hayley Hubbard, to unfollow his bandmate earlier this month. The Hubbards support President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, while Kelley and his wife, Brittney Kelley, do not.

“Somebody sent me an article two days ago that me and BK were breaking up and I thought, ‘Well, that’s that’s news to me.’ But no... I unfollowed BK for a few days while we were through this political, you know, in the middle of this election and everything going on,” Hubbard said on Thursday’s episode of SiriusXM’s Exit 209 with Storme Warren podcast. “And I even called him and told him, I said, ‘Hey buddy, I love you. And I love you a lot more in real life than on your stories right now. So I’m just going to, so that’s why I’m unfollowing you. Nothing personal. I still love you. You’re still my brother.’ I just didn’t want to see it every time I opened Instagram. And so it wasn’t a big deal.”

Hubbard, who’s criticized President Trump in the past, said the two were on “great terms” at the time of the interview. In fact, Kelley appeared alongside him.

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard disagree on politics. (Photo: Jason Kempin/ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM)
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard disagree on politics. (Photo: Jason Kempin/ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM)

“We were literally on a call yesterday,” Kelley said, “just showing up the last details of our record and working on getting some touring cities out here soon and a couple of announcements.”

Hubbard, who had to pull out of this month’s Country Music Association Awards after testing positive for COVID-19, insisted the Grammy-nominated duo is solid after a lot of effort from both of them to make their 10-year partnership work.

“It’s not all sugar-coated. And so the truth is — and I think this is important to talk about — me and BK have done work. We’ve went to therapy, we’ve sat with each other and wanting to kill each other at times,” Hubbard said. “But by the end of it, we were hugging it out. You know what I mean? Because we’re brothers and that’s what brothers do. And, and brothers don’t always get along. So we’ve had, we’ve had moments where we, you know, where we want to kill each other, but a lot of it’s out of love.”

He said the effort has made their bond stronger.

Kelley joked that the difference of opinion still hadn’t been settled: “We are going to go full WWE on this thing.”

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