Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler's Relationship Timeline

Hannah Lee Fowler has inspired some of Sam Hunt's music

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler. Photo: Mike Coppola/WireImage

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler have put off their divorce and welcomed a new baby.

While performing at a charity show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on June 7, Hunt revealed on stage that the couple's daughter, Lucy Lu, was born in May.

Fowler initially filed for divorce on Feb. 18. Just two months after she first filed for divorce, Fowler asked the court in April to dismiss the case, and a judge signed off on her request, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Though the couple had not previously announced they were expecting, the documents also revealed that Fowler was pregnant.

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The couple got married in 2017, but have been together for more than a decade, weathering many ups and downs together.

While they have kept their romance mostly out of the spotlight, Hunt has given a few glimpses into their relationship through his songs.

His 2014 album Montevallo is named after Fowler's hometown, and his hit song "Drinkin' Too Much" details the highs and lows of their on-and-off-again romance before they got engaged in 2016.

From inspiring country songs to their first child, here's everything you need to know about Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler's relationship timeline.

2008: Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler first start dating

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Hannah Lee Fowler and Sam Hunt. sam hunt/instagram

The couple reportedly met sometime in 2008 and dated off-and-on-again for a few years. Hunt even named his debut album Montevallo after her hometown in Alabama. Hunt previously played football for the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2005 to 2007, which is likely how they crossed paths.

"I didn't actually live in that town," he told E! News about the meaning behind his 2014 album name. "I had never visited Montevallo, but right before I left to go to Nashville I met a girl from there. A lot of the experiences I had with her and the relationship I had with her, that inspired a lot of the songwriting on the album."

The couple eventually split sometime after, but got back together in 2016. "I think last summer I went out [to Hawaii] about seven times in about three months," Hunt told Entertainment Tonight in 2017. "Trying to talk to her about coming back. And the seventh trip I convinced her."

August 2015: Sam Hunt acknowledges Hannah Lee Fowler's influence on his debut album

While speaking to Billboard about the songs on his debut album, 2014's Montevallo, Hunt acknowledged that Fowler, who Billboard described as "a dark-haired beauty who rides horses and studied nursing," influenced the songs on the album.

Hunt told Billboard, "I spent a lot of time talking to her about the songs and asking, 'What do you think about this?' Her perspective was a powerful part of me being able to connect with a female audience, not just a male audience."

June 8, 2016: Sam Hunt says he's "single"

While on the red carpet of the CMT Music Awards, Hunt was asked by CMT if he was "single," referencing his recently-released single, "Single for the Summer."

Hunt replied, "I am [single]. It's the beginning of the summer . . . I am."

However, Hunt added that "I'm not at the same place I was when I wrote this song a few years ago" and that he was "hoping there's a possibility" that by the fall he would be with someone.

August 2016: Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler spark on-again relationship rumors

After Hunt posted a video of a then-unknown woman on Instagram, speculation on his love life flared until Entertainment Tonight reported that a source confirmed that he was in a relationship with a former girlfriend, who was later revealed to be Fowler.

Photos seemingly confirmed the on-again relationship between Hunt and Fowler when they were spotted together in Hawaii.

January 2017: Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler get engaged

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In January 2017, a rep for Hunt confirmed to PEOPLE that the couple was engaged. Though they stayed tight-lipped about the details at the time, Hunt later opened up about the proposal during an appearance on The Bobby Bones Show, revealing that he popped the question during a trip to Israel.

"[We] got engaged over by the Sea of Galilee," he revealed. Though Hunt had a big plan for the proposal, his plans almost didn't work out when the couple got in a small fight beforehand.

"Something came up that irritated her and I realized this may mess up my big plan to ask her to marry me that night, and it kind of agitated me more about this issue," he said. "It turned into this kind of fight that, fortunately, led to the perfect opportunity to ask her to marry me. So this little altercation we had actually worked out. It was a special moment."

January 27, 2017: Sam Hunt releases "Drinkin' Too Much" about his relationship with Hannah Lee Fowler

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Sam Hunt / Instagram

Around the same time their engagement was announced, Hunt released his single "Drinkin' Too Much" about Fowler. In the lyrics, he opens up about the ups and downs of their relationship.

"I'm sorry I named the album Montevallo / I'm sorry people know your name now and strangers hit you up on social media," he sings. "I'm sorry you can't listen to the radio / I know you want your privacy / You've got nothing to say to me / But I wish you'd let me pay off your student loans with these songs you gave to me."

April 2, 2017: Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler attend the ACMs together

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In April 2017, the newly engaged couple made one of their first public appearances together at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Hunt even shared a moment with Fowler during his performance of "Body Like a Back Road" as he went up to her in the audience and put his arm around her.

April 15, 2017: Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler get married

Sam Hunt (R) and Hannah Lee Fowler attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler. Jason Kempin/Getty

A few weeks after their ACMs appearance, Hunt and Fowler officially tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in Georgia.

May 21, 2017: Sam Hunt and Hannah make their red carpet debut as a married couple

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Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler. Getty

In May 2017, the newlyweds made their first red carpet appearance as a married couple as they attended the Billboard Music Awards.

While on the red carpet, Hunt opened up about married life to E! News, saying, "It feels great." He added that "there's a spiritual strength" to wearing his wedding band, noting, "I feel a little bit taller now that I'm wearing it."

May 20, 2018: Sam Hunt thanks Hannah Lee Fowler in his Billboard Music Awards speech

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler

In 2018, the couple returned to the Billboard Music Awards, where Hunt took home top country song for "Body Like a Back Road." During his speech, he gave his wife a shoutout, saying, "Thank you for being so selfless this past year, sacrificing so much for me and our future."

July 2021: Sam Hunt talks about starting a family with Hannah Lee Fowler

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Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler. Getty

During an appearance on KISS Country 99.9 Miami's TC & Dina radio show, Hunt opened up about wanting to start a family with Fowler.

"I hope so. We've been talking about it for a while, but we've really started thinking about it seriously here these past few months, so that's on the agenda right now. And I'm hoping that we'll have some good news sooner than later," he said.

February 18, 2022: Hannah Lee Fowler files for divorce from Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler. Getty

In February 2022, Fowler filed for divorce from Hunt, citing infidelity as the reason, according to TMZ. Though the couple had not previously announced they were expecting, the documents also reveal that Fowler is pregnant and due in May. Fowler is reportedly asking for alimony, child support and primary custody of the child, as well as for each party to be "awarded their respective separate property."

Just hours after filing the divorce complaint in Tennessee on Feb. 18, Fowler withdrew her divorce complaint against the country singer — only to refile that same day in a different county, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Per TMZ, Fowler initially filed the divorce documents in the incorrect county and withdrew and later refiled.

March 24, 2022: Sam Hunt reveals the sex of his baby with Hannah Lee Fowler

While cohosting "Country Countdown USA" on March 24, the father-to-be opened up about his newborn, revealing that he's having a baby girl. "I have a little girl on the way," he said. "I have a baby coming in about 8 weeks. I blocked out two months at the end of May and early June. Really this year revolves around that big news in my life."

April 2022: Hannah Lee Fowler calls off her divorce from Sam Hunt

Just two months after she first filed for divorce, Hannah Lee Fowler asked the court in April to dismiss the case, and a judge signed off on her request, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

"They are doing their best every day," a source tells PEOPLE. "Sam and his wife are continually looking forward to the next chapter. He's just thinking about his family and what's to come."

May 2022: Sam Hunt and Wife Hannah Lee Fowler Welcome Baby Girl Lucy Lu

The month after Fowler asked a Tennessee court to dismiss her divorce filing, Fowler and Hunt welcomed a baby girl, Lucy Lu, sometime in May.

Hunt shared the news publicly on June 7 while performing at the Stars for Second Harvest charity concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium when he told the crowd, "I recently had a baby girl named Lucy Lu."

On the joy that Lucy Lu has brought to his life, Hunt added, "I think being out here, and in the music business and being out on the road, has sort of hardened my heart. My heart's definitely a lot harder in a lotta ways since I left that small town. It's amazing how that little girl melted that all away overnight a couple of weeks ago."

September 9, 2022: Sam Hunt says becoming a dad gave him "a sense of purpose"

During an appearance on Audacy's Katie & Company podcast, the country singer opened up about becoming a dad and called fatherhood "a life-changing deal, a bucket-list deal."

"[Fatherhood] has given me such a sense of purpose — at home and out on the road. A new appreciation for life in general. I think I leveled up overnight, evolved 10 or 20 years overnight," the country singer said.

He continued, "Just staring at her, watching her grow little by little because when I leave I realize how much she is growing ... And I'm missing a little bit of it, but when I'm home I make sure not to miss any of it. So I've been really enjoying being around her and her mom, and just experiencing the whole miracle of being a new dad."

Hunt also said he is looking forward to having more kids with Fowler. "I waited until having my first one, but I'm trying to have as many as I can before I age out, before we age out," he added.

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