The online rumor mill was a-buzz earlier this month with whispers that Florida Georiga Line was breaking up after fans noticed that they unfollowed each other on Instagram. Several media outlets ran with the story and this morning, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are addressed the rumors on the debut episode of the Exit 209 with Storme Warren podcast.
The duo used the opportunity to “clear the air” about their relationship.
“Somebody sent me an article two days ago that me and BK were breaking up and I thought, ‘well, that’s that’s news to me.’ But no, we just… 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,” Hubbard explained. “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.’ I just didn’t want to see it every time I opened Instagram. And so it wasn’t a big deal.”
Despite their conflicting political views, Hubbard said that he and BK are on “great terms.”
“We’re feeling stronger than ever,” Hubbard went on to say. “We’re loving and supporting each other through even all the chapters that we’re in now and, uh, excited for the future. But thought it was pretty, pretty, uh, humorous and entertaining that somebody took the time to notice that in the first place and then turn it into a story that FGL is breaking up. So anyways, that being said, we can’t wait to go on tour next year together.”
Kelley echoed Hubbard’s sentiments and went on to share that the duo is currently working on a few exciting things.
“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,” he revealed. “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.”
At the end of the day, Hubbard and Kelley recognize that they have conflicting political views, but they don’t intend to let that, or anything else get in the way of their working relationship.
“Let me also say this because the truth is we are, we are, 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. 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,” Hubbard said.
“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. 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 recently released a Christmas single and announced a multi-year touring deal with Live Nation.