The last few months have been tumultuous for country star Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany Kerr.
The singer was headlining the final day of the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when Stephen Paddock fired bullets down on the crowd from a window of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The 64-year-old’s rampage claimed the lives of 59 people, injured 527 and traumatized thousands, including Aldean and his wife, who was seven months pregnant with their first child.
Kerr, Aldean and their “road family” hid behind the stage equipement as the bullets flew past them. Thankfully, they sustained no physical injuries.
“All I could think was, ‘I never even got to hold my baby,’” Kerr wrote on Instagram. “As you can imagine my first instinct was to run to [Jason] and his was the same.”
She continued, “We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us.”
Aldean also spoke out in the aftermath of the senseless tragedy, urging people to come together as one so the world can be a safe place to raise the future generation.
“Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see,” he continued. “This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in.”
Over the last few weeks, Aldean and Kerr have been trying to move on, but the singer admitted in his first interview since the mass shooting that “it’s something I’ll never forget.”
Now, less than a month after his interview, Aldean and Kerr have a reason to get excited about the future. On December 1, the couple welcomed their first child, and they’ve chosen an adorable country-inspired name.