Thomas Rhett Opened Up About the "Humbling Experience" That Led Him and Lauren Akins to Seek Therapy

Natalie Schumann
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From Country Living

  • Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are one of country music's most adorable couples, and they share three daughters together.

  • Recently, after the publication of Lauren's memoir, Live in Love, they have opened up about what their marriage is really like behind the scenes and how counseling keeps their relationship strong.

It's no secret that Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are #couplegoals in the country music and general celebrity worlds, but according Lauren's new book and corresponding recent interviews, they're both trying to help their fans understand that it takes plenty of behind-the-scenes work to make their relationship look so easy.

Thomas Rhett recalled the moment during their adoption of their oldest daughter, Willa Gray, that made him realize they might need to take some time to talk through their differences. While he was touring the U.S., Lauren was in Africa as part of Willa Gray's adoption process while pregnant with their second daughter, Ada James. "Lauren called me because it was 9 o'clock in the morning in Uganda and ... she hears all of her friends in the background. Meanwhile, Lauren is seven months pregnant and throwing up in a bathroom in Uganda," he told People magazine. "That was when Lauren was like, 'We are living two completely separate lives right now.' "

The couple decided to work through it by seeking therapy, and Thomas Rhett recalled learning to see things from Lauren's perspective. "That was a really humbling experience for me, just knowing what she was dealing with in a sense of aloneness while I'm kind of living life as usual," he told People. "That part was really hard for us, for sure. Kind of getting over that and going through some therapy, especially over that one night."

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Fortunately, the two stars were able to come to an understanding that Thomas Rhett says ultimately strengthened their relationship even more: "Coming on the other side of that, I feel like I learned so much from that experience. It made me know that, in a marriage, you do have to figure stuff out. You have to talk about it. You've gotta be real about it. You've gotta be honest about it."

Lauren also revealed the positive benefits they've seen from counseling sessions with each other, and even went as far as to recommend therapy for all couples. "It's something that we still say is crucial to a marriage, some form of counseling or third party," she told People. "It's just a place where you can learn more about yourself and learn more about your spouse and really learn how to communicate better and clearer. It's been so, so good. We just really love it."

Here's to working through your problems in a loving, healthy way. We wish this adorable couple nothing but the best!

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