Lady A | Lady A’s Charles Kelley thanks fans for their support in the sobriety battle
Lady A’s Charles Kelley has thanked his fans for the outpouring of support he’s received since revealing his battle with sobriety.
The ‘Need You Now’ hitmakers – rounded out by Hillary Scott, 39, and Dave Haywood, 40 – have made the difficult decision to delay the ‘Request Line Tour’, which was due to start on August 13, until next year as they throw their support behind Charles as he begins his journey to sobriety.
And the 40-year-old singer admitted the words of ‘encouragement’ had ‘really lifted him up’ during this difficult time.
Sharing a photo on vacation with his wife Cassie and their six-year-old son Ward, he wrote on Instagram: ‘I want to thank everyone who has shown me so much support and encouragement so far in my journey of sobriety.
“Your kind words have meant the world to me and have really lifted me up over the past few weeks. I can’t wait to get back on the road with Lady A next year. Getting on stage and being able to see, hear and feel it all at through a clearer lens is going to be a gift that I won’t take for granted. I’m grateful to have been able to focus on my family and my health. Love, Charles. (sic)”
In a statement on social media released last week, the band said: “Being on the road with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a difficult but important decision to make.
“We’re a band, but more importantly…we’re a family. We’re proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey of sobriety.”
In 2020, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, as the word Antebellum has associations with slavery in the United States.
They then had a legal spat with blues singer Lady A – but the case was settled out of court earlier this year.
The “terms of the deal, including who can continue to use which name or if any money changes hands, were not made public.”