Country Legend Loretta Lynn And Kid Rock Stunned Fans With Some Big News

The friendship between 88-year-old “Coal Miner’s Daughter” – country music icon Loretta Lynn – and 49-year-old rap-rocker Kid Rock has often surprised fans. And yet, as strange as it may seem, they’ve been close for a number of years. In fact, they recently set people’s tongues wagging with some huge news regarding their relationship.

In late August 2020 Lynn attended a marriage vow renewal ceremony held by her son Ernie and his wife Crystal. Posting on Instagram, Lynn wrote, “What a weekend! My Ernie and Crystal renewed their vows this weekend. It was beautiful and everything it should be.” She then doled out some wisdom on the nature of marriage.

“Marriage isn’t always easy – heck it’s not even always pretty, but love holds you together and you push through the bad days to enjoy the good ones,” Lynn continued. “I’m so proud of them and wish them years of happiness.” The post was accompanied by several images of the happy couple and other family members.

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Moreover, at some point during the ceremony, Lynn took center stage alongside her much younger friend. In front of a packed room, they caused a commotion that soon saw everyone erupt into shocked laughter. But what exactly did they do that elicited such a reaction?

Over the course of her lengthy career, Loretta Lynn became one of the biggest names in country music. She enjoyed a series of successful singles such as “One’s on the Way,” “Fist City,” “Trouble In Paradise” and “Women of the World (Leave My World Alone).” She was known for writing very honest tracks that drew upon her own personal experiences.

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Her most iconic work was of course “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which she released in 1970. The number-one single dealt with her childhood, which had been a happy time despite her having been raised in poverty. Six years later, Lynn penned her first memoirs, which she named after the aforementioned song. Within the book’s pages she revealed details of her tumultuous life with spouse Oliver Lynn.

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Lynn had married Oliver, more commonly known as Doolittle, in 1948 when she was just shy of turning 16. Doolittle was six years older than her and their relationship would produce six kids. In her 2002 memoirs Still Woman Enough, Lynn wrote about why she stayed with Doolittle.

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“I married Doo when I wasn’t but a child, and he was my life from that day on,” Lynn explained. “But as important as my youth and upbringing was, there’s something else that made me stick to Doo. He thought I was something special, more special than anyone else in the world, and never let me forget it.”

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“That belief would be hard to shove out the door,” Lynn continued. “Doo was my security, my safety net. And just remember, I’m explainin’, not excusin’. Doo was a good man and a hard worker. But he was an alcoholic, and it affected our marriage all the way through. He was also a womanizer.”

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Their marriage often turned violent, in fact, which Lynn spoke about in the 2016 American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl documentary. “If he smacked me or anything, I’d stand up and be fightin’ him just like I’d be fightin’ the other woman,” she said. “He’d smack me, I’d smack him; he’d pull my hair, I pulled his hair. That’s the way it was.”

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Lynn recounted a particular incident in which Doolittle entered their home while inebriated and she hit him in the face, knocking out both his front teeth. “I heard teeth hittin’ the floor and thought, ‘Ooh, I’m dead. He not gonna put up with this,’” she revealed. “But he laughed.” In the end, Lynn said Doolittle was proud of the injury and would gladly tell people that “the old lady knocked ’em out.”

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“We fought hard and we loved hard,” Lynn told Nashville Scene in 2000. “I never knew what I was comin’ home to. I didn’t know if I was comin’ home to fightin’ or what. It was pretty rough. Doo drank a lot. There was a lot of times I’d have rather not come home. And if it hadn’t been for my babies I wouldn’t have.”

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Despite his infidelity and abuse, Lynn stayed with Doolittle until his death in 1996 from diabetes-related complications. “We had a lot of hard times,” she admitted. “But the thing of it was I still loved Doo, and that’s the main thing. If he was here today, I’d be sittin’ by his bed right now.”

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This complicated marriage was immortalized on film in 1980’s Coal Miner’s Daughter, which starred Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in the lead roles. The film was a hit, becoming one of the year’s biggest box office successes. It was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, with Spacek taking home the best actress gong for her portrayal of Lynn.

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Lynn then had a late career renaissance when she teamed up with Jack White, of The White Stripes, on her 2004 album Van Lear Rose. She told Vanity Fair, “Jack was a kindred spirit.” He returned the compliment, informing Entertainment Weekly, “I want as many people as possible on Earth to hear her, because she’s the greatest female singer-songwriter of the last century.”

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However, while Lynn was always a queen of country music, Kid Rock’s career took a more circuitous route before landing in the country realm. He burst into the mainstream in 1998 with the album Devil Without A Cause, which was a mix of heavy metal and hip-hop. It shifted an incredible 14 million units off the back of “Bawitdaba” being a hit single.

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In 2000 Rock released the single “American Bad ***,” which contains a sample of the Metallica track “Sad But True.” He subsequently toured with the metal giants later that same year and received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2001. His next album, Cocky, saw Rock flirt with a country sound for the first time.

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Even though Entertainment Weekly writer Rob Brunner described Cocky as a “blend of low-rider hip-hop and strip-mall heavy metal,” the album did nonetheless contain more down-tempo tracks than any of Rock’s previous efforts. It also featured the countrified “Picture,” a duet with Sheryl Crow. And the song was a huge hit, showing Rock a path for his future career.

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On his 2007 album Rock n Roll Jesus, Rock stopped rapping and embraced a Southern country-rock sound. The album featured the single “All Summer Long,” which became an enormous success worldwide and gave him his first top ten hit on country radio. Then, in 2010 he released an all-country record: Born Free.

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In his personal life, Rock is currently engaged to girlfriend Audrey Berry. He did previously walk down the aisle with Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in 2006. The couple had previously dated in 2001 and got engaged in 2002, before breaking things off a year later. They subsequently got back together, but unfortunately it was to be short-lived, as they filed for divorce just months after the wedding.

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Perhaps surprisingly, though, Lynn and Rock have been good friends for several years, despite seeming to come from such different worlds. In 2019, for example, they were seen in public with each other on a couple of occasions. First, Rock personally walked Lynn to the stage to receive her Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nashville Songwriter Awards. And they were together again as part of the Christmas Parade in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.

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It was on August 31, 2020, that Lynn shocked the world with an Instagram post. She revealed that, during the “Hillbilly soiree” in which her son Ernie renewed his marriage vows, Lynn also took the chance to do something she’d talked about doing for years. That’s right: she married Kid Rock.

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Lynn also posted a slightly surreal photo gallery. First, there was a picture of her laughing with Rock, who was covering his eyes in faux embarrassment. This was followed by a photo of the friends holding hands and then a series of pictures of Lynn wearing a wedding veil while Rock was on bended knee.

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“Things got crazy then – my boy Kid Rock was there, and we’ve always teased about getting ourselves married,” Lynn wrote. “Well, the preacher was already there, so we had some fun with it. Sorry girls, he’s taken now!” She also tagged the post with a number of light-hearted hashtags, including #gottahavesomefun #tabloidfodder #cougar and #88andfeelinggreat.

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Tayla Lynn Finger, Lynn’s grandchild, subsequently went into more detail about the unexpected turn of events on her own Instagram page. Referring to Rock as “Bob” – his birth-name is Robert James Ritchie – Finger wrote, “Bob was about to sing a song when BAM, a preacher walks out on stage.” She then detailed the relationship enjoyed by Bob and Lynn, her “memaw.”

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“Now you must understand how close Kid and Memaw have gotten,” Finger explained. “Like they adore each other. They joke around all the time about getting married and saying to heck with the rest of them.” Finger, who’s Ernie’s daughter, then added, “So Dad and Crystal decide to make that happen!”

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“Memaw and Kid both become giddy,” Finger continued. “Like school kids. They were so caught off guard but both so happy. They played along… Uncle Tim Cobb even had the veil ready. We all laughed, sang, hugged. It was a moment last night in the midst of the world turning sideways where love and joy were absolutely shared.”

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The groom himself also joined in, adding his two cents on Instagram. Rock wrote, “Always so much fun and such an honor to be with my favorite gal, and part-time wife, Loretta! Crystal and Ernie and the rest of the family put on a beautiful event with so many great friends.”

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“They definitely caught me off guard, and I am glad they did!” Rock added. “It was a much needed ray of light in these trying times. I hope it put a smile on everyone’s face as big as mine and Loretta Lynn’s.” So, it’s clear that the players in the wedding had a great time – but what did their fans think of it?

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Well, a fan posted in response to Lynn, “This is THE BEST thing I’ve seen all day,” and another wrote, “I love it! You and Kid Rock. Match made in heaven.” A follower named Leisa had some fun with Rock, commenting, “Loretta, you are probably the only person that has made Kid Rock blush.” Lynn herself even replied to a few Facebook posts, getting into a tongue in cheek war of words.

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It all began when a man called Mark asked Loretta if she would be changing her last name. She responded, “Loretta Rock has a nice ring to it!” A user named Tonya chimed in with, “Sorry Loretta, but you ain’t woman enough to take my man Kid Rock,” to which Loretta replied with a smiley emoji and the comment: “Don’t try me, honey.”

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“This is absolutely golden!” a user called Linda stated in response to Finger’s post. “How happy your adorable Memaw looks and how surprised to be taken off guard for such a fun, creative ceremony with Kid Rock. Congrats to Crystal and Ernie on renewing their vows and love how Kid Rock adores your Memaw, as we all do! A fun, loving family!”

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Facebook user Marilyn Rice Daniels wrote, “I am from Harlan County, Kentucky. I love you Loretta and I think Kid Rock is amazing. The only thing that bothers me with him is the cussing but that’s just the way he is. I know hardly anyone ever reads these comments but if they should ever read mine, I hope they let you know that you are and always have been my favorite woman country singer, hands down.”

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Another fan, Deb Connor, added, “No Loretta, say it isn’t so! Love Kid Rock, he was supposed to be my next husband. You look great and Kid Rock looks hot as ever. Both of you are great singers and performers, as I’ve been to concerts performed by each of you.”

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“I even met you and Ernie once in person, when I was sister-in-law to one of your band members,” Connor continued. “On my bucket list is to meet Kid Rock.” Christy Claywell added, “Love it Loretta! You’re such an inspiration to country girls everywhere! Can’t think of anyone better to lose our favorite fella to!”

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Finally, Michelle Affholter commented, “He is the luckiest man on the planet! You are so beautiful, Ms Rock, I mean Lynn! My grandma was named Loretta and she took me to see Coal Miner’s Daughter at the movie theater. Ever since, I swore I would see you in concert, but it never happened. My gran really loved you!”

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“And I loved how I knew so many sweet and funny lines of the movie by heart and would quote them to her out of nowhere,” Affholter added, before concluding by expressing her gratitude. “Thank you for being you, it’s always a gift to hear you speak or sing. Love and hugs from Ohio!”

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In case it wasn’t obvious, however, Lynn took to Instagram the very next day to confirm that the “wedding” was simply a practical joke. She wrote, “Well, it didn’t last long, y’all, but it sure was fun! I guess I better get on here and let y’all know that it was just a joke – Kid Rock and I didn’t get married over the weekend, but we had a blast.”

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Lynn added further hashtags to this post. They included #rockon #easymediafolks #calmdown #funtimes #relaxoutthere #whatwillshedonext and #iputthispictureaway. These were none-too-subtle references to media responses that had greeted her prank, which she clearly felt were an overreaction. The last hashtag was a reference to Rock’s 2001 song “Picture,” which was recorded with his ex-girlfriend Sheryl Crow.

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In addition, a source close to Lynn and Rock told E! News, “It’s a joke! They always tease each other saying they should get married! Loretta is so witty and funny! She’s gotten pretty savvy with social media. She loves hashtags. When they were planning this practical joke, she insisted on using the hashtag cougar.”

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