Over the course of the past year, fans have fallen in love with Jelly Roll, and now, it’s time to swoon over his wife, Bunnie XO.
In his Billboard cover story interview earlier this year, Jelly Roll called Bunnie “a beacon of change in my life.” At the 2023 CMT Music Awards in April, where Jelly Roll took home three awards — male video of the year, breakthrough male video of the year and digital-first performance of the year — one face in the audience made fans at home swoon: Jelly Roll’s wife beamed with happiness and pride from the crowd, giving viewers a glimpse into the “Son of a Sinner” singer’s adorable love story.
Following the ceremony, Bunnie paid tribute to her husband with a heartwarming Instagram post. “You my sweet other half, are just that. A man that was told no every corner he turned only to hit ‘em with that Nashville shuck & come out on top every time. I always tell you you have a horseshoe stuck up your ass, but that isn’t it baby,” she wrote in the caption. “This is sheer will to spread light, to move mountains, to touch broken souls with your voice, to break generational traumas & set examples for the future. In short, you are the game changer papas. You were sent here to destroy stereotypes & blaze the trail for all the have nots.”
Jelly Roll is back in the headlines now, as he’s fresh off his nods for best new artist and best country duo/group performance for the remix of “Save Me” with Lainey Wilson at the upcoming 66th annual Grammy Awards. To celebrate his biggest supporter, we’ve compiled six things to know about Bunnie XO. See below.
She’s Been Married to Jelly Roll Since 2016
The couple first met back in 2015, where Bunnie watched Jelly Roll perform at Sin City’s Country Saloon in Las Vegas.
“We hit it off. She said she fell in love with the saddest eyes in the room,” the country star said during a Taste of Country Nights interview back in 2022, adding that she was in an abusive relationship at the time, but thankfully split from her ex soon after. “I’m not going to act like I shot my shot. She kind of shot hers. We had mutual friends. She said, ‘Yo. Just plug me in with Jelly.’ And I hit her on some other s–t. I was like, ‘Yo. I’m going to be coming out to shoot some content and video stuff. She was like, ‘Yeah! C’mon!’ I was like, ‘Cool, well I’m living in my van, so I’ll leave now.’”
The duo tied the knot a year later, in August 2016.
She’s a Successful Podcast Host
Bunnie’s Dumb Blonde Podcast, despite it’s name, includes smart, wide-ranging conversations with guests (and sometimes polarizing figures) about life lessons, the sex worker industry, being an influencer and so much more.
In the podcast description, Bunnie hilariously refers to herself as “the degenerate love child of Dolly Parton & Dr. Ruth,” which very much captures the themes of Dumb Blonde. You can listen to her episodes here.
She’s a YouTuber
Before her Dumb Blonde Podcast, Bunnie was entertaining fans over on YouTube, where she has more than 200,000 subscribers. Besides posting her podcast episodes there, she has also uploaded fun vlogs, challenges and more.
See her channel here.
She Loves Jelly Roll’s Daughter
Jelly Roll’s shares 14-year-old daughter Bailee Ann with his ex Felicia, though the “Need a Favor” star was incarcerated when she was born. He has since regained custody of Bailee Ann in 2016, and he has often thanked Bunnie for helping him re-establish his relationship with his daughter.
“It takes a special kind of woman to raise a kid that isn’t her child and still treat the child as if she was. Over the years watching her relationship with Bailee blossom into this beautiful mother-daughter bond that it has become has been nothing short of magical,” he captioned a sweet 2020 Facebook photo of Bailee and Bunnie. “I have truly been blessed with the best partner I could’ve asked for in life. You are the epitome of a good mom and deserve more credit than anyone because you didn’t have to step up to the plate the way you did. You chose to step up and man you have knocked it out of the park. Thank you Mama Bear – we love you.”
She Has the Cutest Dog
Bunnie often shares adorable photos of her bulldog Chachi on Instagram, even noting in one of her posts that he provides “emotional support” for her as she’s seen giving him a smooch.
You Can Meet Her on Tour
During Jelly’s recent 2023 Backroad Baptism Tour, Bunnie hosted meet and greets alongside Jelly ROll and their entire crew. Bunnie first teased the meet and greet package in a TikTok video in June, where she said that she had seen fans wondering where she was at her hubby’s shows. “So, every night that J has a concert, I get a lot of you tagging me upset that I’m not there. Just want you guys to know that your girl is preserving her energy for the next four months.”