SINGER Alan Jackson has revealed major family news on Instagram along with am emotional tribute to his wife.
The country star announced that his daughter Ali gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday, making Jackson a grandpa for the first time.
“Denise and I are celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary with our new grandson Jackson Alvie Bradshaw,” Jackson wrote.
“Ali and Sam welcomed Jack into the world on Dec 13, 2022.
“So happy that this little guy has made us grandparents!”
The caption went along with a photo of Jackson’s wife Denise holding the bundle of joy, as Jackson, donning his signature cowboy hat, wrapped his arms around her.
The day before, Alan posted a photo of him and Denise, who was wearing a stunning gold sparkly dress, with the caption: “Everyone wish Alan and Denise a Happy Anniversary!”
Fans took to the comments to congratulate the singer on the double milestone.
“Congratulations to you all… this love just may inspire another one of your always so special songs. Merry Christmas!” one person wrote.
“Welcome to the Grandparents Club! Best club you will ever be part of!” said another.
“Bless all of you!!! Congratulations!” a third said.
BIZARRE DEATH RUMORS
Alan’s health has reportedly been deteriorating since he was diagnosed with CMT disease, a degenerative nerve condition.
While the illness will not impact Alan’s life expectancy, it does lead to balance issues by compromising the smaller, weaker muscles in the body.
In November 2022, bogus reports began trending on Twitter implying that Alan had passed away.
The twisted rumor appears to have stemmed from claims on a website suggesting that Jackson was dead.
The main page of the site featured a framed picture of the country star with “RIP” written next to it.
The title reads: “6 minutes ago/with a heavy heart as we report the sad news of 64-year-old singer Alan Jackson.”
The baseless speculation was debunked after a clip of the music star, 64, was shared online with the caption: “Still living that honky tonk dream y’all.”
Symptoms of Charcot Marie-Tooth can include foot drop, loss of lower leg muscles, and weakness of the hips, legs, and feet.
It can also cause numbness in the foot or leg.
The debilitating condition affects fewer than 200,000 people across the US, according to the National Institutes of Health.
AN EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE
Alan paid tribute to Denise after receiving the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, PEOPLE reports.
“As my mama would say, I’m so blessed. I’ve had a great team around me my whole career that have helped me, great songwriters. I’ve been so fortunate to have all that to help me get this far,” he said.
“I can’t thank everybody who’s been in my life all these years, but I do have to say thanks to my wife Denise, over there somewhere.
“We started out as teenagers… I’m probably not always the easiest person to love, but she’s been there and helped me through hard times.
“And we’ve shared great times. The good, the bad, the happy, and the sad, we’ve survived a lot.
“I just want to thank her because she’s held me up all these years and she’s my best friend. And she gave me a wonderful family over there.”
In her 2007 autobiography It’s all About Him, Denise revealed that she and Alan struggled in their marriage, even separating after Alan’s infidelity.
They soon reconciled.
MORE EXCITING FAMILY NEWS
In addition to Ali, 29, Alan and Denise are also parents to Mattie, 32, and Dani, 25.
Mattie took to Instagram herself in September, to announce that she was engaged to Connor Smith.
“Feeling overwhelmingly thankful, excited, and thrilled for this kind-of-surprise but so-fervently-prayed for ENGAGEMENT,” she wrote.
“I love your playful spirit and your kind heart and your infectious-ness for life, Connor Smith.
“I cannot wait to be your wife and build a family with you! You are the biggest blessing in the dang cutest package.”
Mattie’s husband, Ben Selecman, passed away after suffering from a traumatic brain injury just three weeks before their first weeding anniversary.
She details her journey through the grieving process in her book Lemons on Friday.
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