In the days following the United States Presidential Election, many were divided on their political views from both sides of the spectrum. Some celebrated, some were angered and many took to social media.
Things seemed so heated, in fact, that Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard unfollowed his longtime band mate Brian Kelley after several posts that Kelley had made about beginning to book shows again due to public gatherings following Biden’s win.
Fans began to worry if this was the beginning of the end of FGL, but Hubbard assures that it was just a moment in time and they are still as solid as ever.
“I unfollowed BK for a few days while we were through this political, you know, in the middle of this election and everything going on. And, and I even called him and told him, I said, ‘Hey buddy, I love you. And I love you a lot more in real life than on your stories right now. So I’m just going to, so that’s why I’m unfollowing you. Nothing personal. I still love you. You’re still my brother,’” Hubbard shared during a chat on the podcast Exit 209 with Storme Warren. “I just didn’t want to see it every time I opened Instagram. And so it wasn’t a big deal. Like, like we, like we said, we’re, we’re on great terms. We’re feeling stronger than ever. We’re loving and supporting each other through even all the chapters that we’re in now and, uh, excited for the future.”
“We were literally on a call yesterday, just showing up the last details of our record and working on getting some touring cities out here soon and a couple of announcements, but, um, no, just in that came through in the middle of our team call and we’re just like, well, that’s interesting we are on a phone call together right now talking about the future. So pretty interesting,” added Kelley.
During the conversation, Warren added that this was the first the public had seen of any trouble between the pair.
“We have been on a 10 year relationship, a 10 year partnership, a 10 year commitment to each other. And yes, there have been hard times. It’s not all, it’s not all sugar coated,” Hubbard explained. “And so the truth is, and I think this is important to talk about me and BK have done work. We’ve went to therapy, we’ve sat with each other and wanting to kill each other at times. But by the end of it, we were hugging it out. You know what I mean? Because we’re brothers and that’s what brothers do. And, and brothers don’t always get along. So we’ve had, we’ve had moments where we, you know, where we want to kill each other, but a lot of it’s out of love. And so we, we, uh, we put that first and foremost and we know the importance of our relationship and how much, you know, how much love we have for each other. So we have worked over the years, we’ve worked to become stronger and stronger and stronger, and that’s even through the hard times, it’s made us stronger as friends and brothers and partners. So we’re really thankful for it.”
Florida Georgia Line’s social media “drama” began after Kelley and his wife posted to social media about plotting shows since there were massive gatherings surrounding Biden’s election to the presidency while the coronavirus pandemic continues. The posts came just as Hubbard tested positive for the airborne illness himself and had to quarantine away from his family on his tour bus in their driveway.
Just days later, the pair announced a massive, multi-year North American touring deal with LiveNation and hope to return to the road in the summer of 2021.
“This past year has given us a chance to spend more time writing, producing, and being creative,” they said in a group statement. “But, we are itching to get back on the road. We miss our fans, and the live energy and connection we have with them when we hit the stage. Our Live Nation family has been a great partner in the past, and we’re excited to be teaming up like this together. Getting back on tour and being able to share our new music can’t come soon enough!”
The duo also just released an exciting holiday track called “Lit This Year” and appear on Nelly’s new song “Lil Bit.” Their single “Long Live” continues to blaze up the radio charts. They’ll also appear on this year’s CMA Country Christmas, airing November 30.