TODAY via aceshowbiz.com
Like so many around the world, country music’s biggest stars were heartbroken after learning about the mass shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida on Sunday (June 12). Some stars have shared their thoughts about the tragedy on social media, while others have paid tribute to the victims during their performances.
During his performance at the CMA Fest on Sunday, Luke Bryan led 50,000 fans in a moment of silence in honor of the Orlando victims and all those who were affected. He then concluded an emotional performance of his song “Drink a Beer”, during which he couldn’t help but get choked up.
As Bryan tries to cope with what happened in Orlando, he knows he’ll soon have to address the tragedy with his children. Bryan is the father to two boys, 8-year-old Bo and 6-year-old Tate, and is also raising his nephew, 14-year-old Til. While being interviewed for Facebook Live at the CMA Fest, Bryan says that although Til is old enough to understand what happened, it won’t be as easy to talk about the event with Bo and Tate.
Bryan isn’t quite sure what he’ll say when it comes time for him to address the shooting with his sons. He spoke about how hard it is to be a parent when tragedies like this occur, saying there’s no defined way to handle such topics with young children:
“I was a not a parent during 9/11, and now I’m a parent through things like this. I know how I dealt with it before being a parent. There’s no handbook to this stuff, which is so frustrating.”
As Bryan tries to figure out how he’ll speak to Bo and Tate about the tragedy, he’s relying heavily on his faith for support. He says that until he speaks to his sons, he’ll continue praying that God will help him find “the right words at the right moment to ease their minds.“
It’s so sad that Bryan and other parents around the world have to figure out how to speak to their young children about such a devastating event. You can watch Bryan’s full interview in the video below. He starts speaking about how he’ll address the Orlando shooting with his sons around the 7:25 mark.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedy in Orlando.
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