Darius Rucker received his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his entire family came out to celebrate alongside him and join him as he spoke about the honor of being immortalized in the Hollywood ground. The country and rock star was surrounded by those who were most important to him as he gave a brief acceptance speech that his family will remember for a long time.
Rucker has been a mainstay in music since his days as the lead singer of Hootie and The Blowfish. After launching his solo career as a country artist, he saw his career continue to blossom until he reached his peak, in terms of amount of listeners, with his version of “Wagon Wheel.” That long career in which he played in front of packed houses for decades is what earned him his Hollywood Star.
While Rucker touched on all of the normal points in his speech, thanking those who got him as far as he has made it and whatnot, he took time to give a special message to his children who traveled to see him accept the award. Caroline, Danielle, and Jack all stood alongside their father, and pictures were snapped with the family smiling above their father’s immortalization in Hollywood fame.
In the most heartwarming and downright tear-jerking part of the speech, Darius Rucker said, “Carrie, Dani and Jack are my heart, they’re my soul. They’re everything to me and everything I do is for them. It’s just been an amazing thing to be your father. As great as all this stuff is, it’s not as cool as being your dad, and I really mean that. I love you guys so much.”
Darius has long been a family man who puts his children before his performing career. That being said, touring on the road was hard on him, but he is grateful that he was able to stay in touch with his children easily, thanks to modern technology. He spoke to People about the struggles of life on tour and how he stay in touch with those that he loves.
Rucker first talked about how grateful he was for FaceTime, as it allowed him to see live videos of his children as he missed them while he was out of town. That, along with constant calls and texts, allowed him to play the role of an active father while being hundreds of miles away for months at a time.
Even when he spoke about retirement, his children were at the center of his plans. Rucker said, “I’m scared. I hope I don’t have too much fun. But you’re just so proud of your kids and reaching those milestones. I better spend time playing a lot of golf and traveling around and probably traveling to the city that they’re at so I can see them.”
Rucker is proving to be a wonderful example to any mother or father who is embarking on life on the road. Maybe they are not an artist but a traveling salesperson or long-haul trucker. Staying in touch with your kids is something that Rucker would certainly advise, and he says it’s made his life worthwhile.
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