Instead Of Hitting The Road, This Country Singer’s Husband Will Become A Stay-At-Home Dad

More dads are stepping up and staying home to care for their kids.

Having recently welcomed twins into their family — in addition to a sweet kiddo they had back in 2013 — Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrrell are having to make some changes. Case in point: Tyrrell will be a stay-at-home dad while mom Scott goes on tour with the band.


"We're both equipping each other to do exactly what we're supposed to be doing right now," Scott, 32, told People. "We just came to the agreement together. It was one of the easiest decisions we've ever made and the peace that we've felt since we made it has just been continual proof of it being the right call."

This summer Scott, who puts the "lady" in Lady Antebellum, will be touring with bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley. Tyrrell, the band's drummer, will hold down the fort with 4-year-old daughter Eisele Kaye, and newborn identical twins Betsy Mack and Emory JoAnn, who were born on January 29.

"I've been a bandmate, employee, husband, and dad, so I'm OK removing a hat" Tyrrell, 31, told the mag, adding that he is "looking forward to it."

As Scott — who calls Tyrrell a "hero" for doing this — points out, this will allow her to be "restful and efficient" while on tour, being fully focused on performing and writing new songs for the band's next album with writers on the road. Being a "fiercely independent" person, this is a lesson for Scott on when to ask for help, and Tyrrell is happy to oblige.

According to the 2016 census, the estimated number of stay-at-home dads in the U.S. was 209,000. These were defined by fathers with children younger than 15 who were out of the workforce for at least a year to be the primary caretaker for the family while the mom works outside the home. All studies show that this figure has been growing throughout the years but, as Quartz points out, the number of women staying at home to care for children is still much higher than the number of men who do the same thing.

With the situation of Tyrrell staying home while Scott is out on tour, it just helps normalize the idea of a stay-at-home dad and gives moms — not that they need it — more reason to go forth and conquer. 

Plus, these twins will probably get exposed to some of Tyrrell's oh-so-adorable Disney costume moments that Eisele Kaye knows and loves.


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