A month ago, Morgan Wallen made national news after being booted from his debut Saturday Night Live performance due to breaking COVID-19 safety protocols. Since then, the superstar has been laying low, fulfilling his promise to better himself amid all of the drama.
Now, he’s breaking his silence with a tell-all interview with Bobby Bones on the latest episode of The BobbyCast. During the hour-long interview, Wallen opened up about his East Tennessee upbringing, his time on The Voice, his rise to stardom and much more. He also got candid about his partying in Alabama and the immense pressure that has come along with his new-found superstardom.
Admitting that he took a risk with COVID while partying in various Alabama bars, Wallen explained how the situation has forced him to look at life a little differently, especially now that he’s a father.
“I know that I got young kids that look up to me and all those kind of things too, so I do want to be mindful of things. I am not gonna let people control the way I live my life but I do also want to be mindful and honestly, I have a son now and I don’t know that I’d be proud to show him those videos,” the “More Than My Hometown” singer confessed. “I gotta think about some things a little bit differently.”
Wallen went on to explain how the ups and downs of fame sometimes get to him and how the SNL controversy has changed his mental state for the better.
“Honestly, throughout this whole process, there’s been times where, for a while, I would just be like, ‘I’m kind of like lonely and I don’t know if I even like this,'” he said. “Then you know there’s another high and you’re like, ‘aw yeah I love this.’ It just kind of goes through phases.
“I kind of just had been living like that you know? I was like, ‘can I maybe do something to combat that, maybe I don’t have to be so moody,'” he recalled.”So it was almost a good thing for me. It kind of forced me away, just to kind of reflect and look at myself and kind of get to know myself again and it was good for me. So I took like a while, almost two weeks, and just turned my phone off and just didn’t even look at it. [I] drove on a tractor and things like that and just cleared my head. It was really, really good for me. I don’t really love the circumstances that led to that but I’m thankful for where it led me.”
Bones admitted he also struggled with loneliness prior to meeting his now-fiancée, Caitlin, telling Wallen, “my thing was a ratio of loneliness to happiness.” Wallen shared that he has felt that way too.
“It’s so easy to base your feelings off of what other people think because that’s my job, it’s like I pour my heart and soul into this, I really want these people to like it and damn they do like it, they do like me that’s awesome, but you start chasing that, you start wanting that feeling all the time,” he admitted. “It’s almost like a drug, just keep on going aw that feels good, I like it when people like me, I mean who don’t? I’ve always been the type of guy to make everyone around me have a good time and feel good. It’s like I love that, I want people to love me, I always have, It’s a catch 22.”
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Wallen is set to perform during The 54th Annual CMA Awards, airing live from Nashville’s Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.