Brett Young and Fiancée Look to Thomas Rhett’s Relationship for Marriage Advice

Balancing a home and work life can be difficult for those in the public eye, so now that Brett Young has proposed to his longtime girlfriend Taylor Mills, he’s keeping a keen watch over the dynamic between Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins, one of country music’s most beloved couples.

“We’re learning a lot from them,” shared Young during a chat backstage at the 2018 CMA Music Festival. “[Rhett’s wife Lauren is] out there with the kids all the time, so we get to know them and watch them as a family.”

“It’d be really easy to see the way they come across on social media and think that’s a facade, but it’s not. It’s real,” he added. “Getting to watch it and be around it, not only do [we] have something to learn from, but it’s really motivating and encouraging about what we have in store for our future.”

Young and Mills got engaged in February 2018, and after decade together, they’re looking forward to life as a married couple.

“We met 10 years ago, so she was around for the beginning. She was in all the little beach bars, and at our terrible gigs; she’s seen every side of this business. Then, when it all finally started happening for me a couple years ago, we were separated,” he recalled. “I didn’t even realize how much I needed somebody to share this with, because it all makes it so much more meaningful. I can’t imagine it even being worth it without her at this point.”

Mills has been the California native’s rock as he navigates his busy career, which recently landed him with a fourth No.1 single.