Sam Hunt Opens Up About Fatherhood: “I Don’t Want To Miss Anything”

Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt’s duet “Wishful Drinking” goes No. 1 at country radio.

Sam Hunt has been a father for six months, and now he’s speaking out. The platinum-selling artist recently (Nov. 8) caught up with Taste of Country Nights to dish on parenthood and what he has learned in the short amount of time.  

The 37-year-old and his wife, Hannah Lee Fowler welcomed their daughter, Lucy Lu, in May. The couple kept the birth of their child on the down-low for a month but shared the exciting news during a set at the Stars for Second Harvest charity concert in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Ahead of the 2022 CMA Awards, Hunt declared that his priorities have shifted since becoming a father. With a new lifestyle, host Evan Paul questioned if he would develop a “dad bod” and get off his strict fitness regimen. 

“Most likely. Most likely,” the hitmaker told the outlet. “I think nature takes care of that for most dads eventually, so we’ll see,” he noted. 

Although Hunt is crossing his fingers to maintain his muscular physique, he admitted that he’s staying far away from the stereotypical parent car. On the other hand, his wife has other plans and is seeking a new mom-mobile. 

“Hannah said she wanted a station wagon the other day, so we may have a station wagon coming to the house pretty soon,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll be driving it at some point, too.” 

Jokes aside, Hunt said that it’s been challenging to juggle fatherhood and his flourishing music career. Despite having a newborn at home, the “Hard To Forget” singer performed at notable music festivals with a heavy heart throughout the summer. 

“Being away once you have a child in the world – and I’m a traveler, and I like to move,” said Hunt. “I like to be on the move – now that I have a child and she’s at home growing like a weed, I want to be there. I don’t want to miss anything,” he stressed. 

He continued, “So when your work requires you to be out on the road, that is quite the challenge when you know you’ve got a little girl ... at the house.” 

Although it’s heartbreaking to be away, he declared that his tiny bundle of joy gives him something to look forward to while on the road. 

“The rewarding part is coming home to that little smile and being able to spend your days,” Hunt said. “Fortunately, I don’t have a 9 to 5 that I have to get up for on Monday morning, so I get to just sit there and hang out with little girl and mama all day long ‘til I gotta get back on the bus.” 

The last few months have been a whirlwind for the couple, as Fowler filed for divorce in February. Fowler said her husband was guilty of “inappropriate marital conduct” and “adultery.” However, she withdrew her initial complaint, and the judge signed off in April. 

“They are doing their best every day,” a close source told PEOPLE. “Sam and his wife are continually looking forward to the next chapter. He’s just thinking about his family and what’s to come.”

While Hunt wraps his head around his new reality, he climbed to the top of the country radio chart with Ingrid Andress. The three-time GRAMMY Award- nominee and country crooner peaked at No.1 this week (Nov. 7) with their platinum-certified duet, “Wishful Drinking.” The country-pop track marks Andress’ second career No. 1 and Hunt’s 10th. 

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