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Lauren Gregory Akins (b. November 8th, 1989) is considered a Social media marvel on Instagram where she often shares photos of work she does at an orphanage in Uganda. [1] [2] She is wife of the Country music Singer, Thomas Rhett. [3]


Early Life

Born and raised in the state of Tennessee, she grew up in a town called Madison just north of Nashville and was raised Christian. She has two siblings, Grayson and Macy. [4] She attended Goodpasture Christian School and since the time that she was in the first grade, she would be in the presence of her future husband and renown country singer, Thomas Rhett Akins, whose father is famous musician, Rhett Akins. [5]

Although she and Thomas were in the same private school since the time of their enrollment in first grade, the two would get to know each other in the sixth grade. [6] Throughout her time at Goodpasture she was known to be one of the popular students. [7] By the time and she and Thomas were 13 years old, the attended church camp together. [8]

In high school, she had dated a few guys, and according to Thomas, once she ended a relationship with one of them, he "went in for the kill". [9] Lauren and Thomas dated for about six months when they were both around 15-16 years old. The couple would end their relationship and move on. [10]


After High School, she attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a degree in Nursing. [11] While in college, she was in a sorority and involved in many extra-curricular activities. [12]


After graduating college, Lauren has worked for several organizations providing her nursing services to help people in need around the world. She has traveled to Haiti, Honduras, and Uganda, where she does most of her work. [13]

She works for an organization called 147 Million Orphans. [14] the organization provides food, water, medicine, shelter, and education to vulnerable children in the name of Jesus Christ. [15]

She and her husband, Thomas, were able to raise more than $250k in 2016 for the organization. [16]

Marriage To Thomas Rhett

In December of 2011, after knowing each other over the years, Rhett proposed to Lauren at her favorite restaurant. [17] As Thomas recalls about proposing:

“There was a [wine] bottle, and with a silver Sharpie, I wrote, ‘Marry me?’ on the bottle, and she wrote ‘Well, duh, yes’ on the bottle. Somebody cued ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Frank Sinatra, and we danced in this little cigar room. It was pretty awesome.” [17]

Some time in the month of October, 2012, the couple got married just outside of Nashville. They were both 22 years old. [18]

Willa Gray Akins

After much thought and discussion, the married couple considered adopting a child from Uganda. Since the time that were raising money for the organization, they had thought about doing it. [19]

The process of adopting a child from Africa for Lauren and Thomas began in the fall of 2016. In May 2017, they were able to finally bring their little girl home. Her name is Willa gray Akins. [20]

This is what Lauren wrote on her Instagram:

"YALL... Our baby girl is hommmmeeeeee... Thank you Jesus for bringing our family together on the same continent finally :) little cutie Willa Gray Akins came home yesterday after completely stealing our hearts in Uganda over a year ago & we're sooooo happy we just can't stand it." [21]


On July 14th, the married couple along with their daughter, Willa Gray, posed for Lauren's maternity photo shoot and shared some of the photos on her Instagram. [22] The photos circulated the tabloid magazines and online publications for the way the family appeared to be happy together. On one of the photos she shared with her followers, she writes the following:

"so happy because we haven't done personal photos since our wedding almost 5 years ago."

"This pic makes me so happy because we haven't done personal photos since our wedding almost 5 years ago and I just realllyyyyy do like him a lot & we're not a dressed up on a red carpet with a bunch of fancy clothes and make up-just me and him on the farm in our happy place...yes thedryhousenashville, did my hair (I mean clearly) but other than that, this is us in our real life and I looooovveee it (although maybe next time we do personal photos I'd like to not be 40 lbs over my normal weight hahah) I love you honey! Best baby daddy a girl could ever dream of..."


She is a huge fan of the Tennessee Vols and is an avid supporter. [25]

She has a dog named cash whom she treats like it's her baby. [26]

She has volunteered to travel to other countries as part of her nursing career. [27]

She has more than a million followers on her Instagram. [28]

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