Who Is Walker Hayes' Wife? All About Laney Beville Hayes

Walker Hayes and Laney Beville Hayes got married in 2004

Laney Beville Hayes and Walker Hayes attend the 2022 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee
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Walker Hayes and Laney Beville Hayes' love story is one for the ages.

Although the "Fancy Like" singer has known Laney since they were kids, the pair didn't officially start dating until high school. In June 2004, Walker and Laney tied the knot and went on to have six children.

"We're a unit," Hayes told PEOPLE in February 2022, ahead of his family joining him on tour. "We lean on each other. We're gonna be together as much as we can. Laney's my best friend. I mean, I want to tell her about everything. Honestly — he corrects himself — I don't even want to tell her about everything. I just want to do it all with her. And then that way, I don't even have to tell her. She can see it for herself, and then we can just sit and smile about it."

Laney has been by her husband's side throughout his career, supporting him at his shows and attending several red carpet events. They also served as each other's support system after losing their seventh child — whom they named Oakleigh Klover — during childbirth on June 6, 2018.

"Laney and I have cried a lot," Walker told PEOPLE in August 2018. "But one thing that makes me the happiest is how much love there has been around us."

On June 12, 2022, the longtime couple celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary, with Walker penning a sweet note to Laney on Instagram.

"Laney, if you get on the gram and look at this, I love you. You're my best friend. Happy anniversary. 18 years baby let's goooo💪," he captioned a photo of him and Laney.

So who is Walker Hayes' wife? Here's everything to know about Laney Beville Hayes and her relationship with the Grammy-nominated country star.

She met Walker in elementary school

Laney Beville Hayes and Walker Hayes attend the 2021 CMT Artist of the Year on October 13, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee
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Laney and Walker have known each other since childhood. They met in elementary school in their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, according to Southern Living. However, the couple did not start dating until high school; Walker was a junior, and Laney was a senior.

In June 2019, Laney shared on The Bobby Bones Show that they connected while performing together in the play Little Shop of Horrors.

"My true first memory of him is we were doing rehearsals — this is after we'd already made the cast. He had a solo — well, he was a lead in it, so he had a lot of solos," Laney said. "He started singing the first part of his first solo. I remember looking down the aisle and going, 'Who is that guy? That guy can sing!'"

Walker shared a throwback photo on Instagram on May 2019 of he and Laney snuggled up together back in 1997.

She and Walker briefly broke up

Walker Hayes and Laney Beville Hayes
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The couple also went through a brief breakup, which ultimately made them realize they wanted to be together forever.

"I didn't know I wanted to marry Laney until we actually broke up for about nine or 10 months right after college, and it was the hardest, it was almost like a divorce," Walker told Sounds Like Nashville in July 2019. "We had been together for six, seven years, [but] that volatility that made us so beautiful also made us explosive … I wouldn't have said a lot of peers or families thought we were the greatest match, but we knew there was something we couldn't duplicate."

She and Walker got married in 2004

Walker Hayes and Laney Beville Hayes
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After reconciling, Walker and Laney wed on June 12, 2004.

In 2019, in honor of their 15th anniversary, Walker shared a throwback photo from their wedding day on Instagram of the couple dancing together. "💤 #2004," he captioned the sweet image.

She shares six children with Walker

Walker Hayes family
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Laney and Walker are the proud parents of three daughters — Lela, Everly and Loxley — and three sons — Chapel, Baylor and Beckett — who regularly appear on Walker's Instagram. Their seventh child, daughter Oakleigh, died in childbirth after Laney suffered a uterine rupture. Walker told PEOPLE in July 2017 that the couple originally planned on having four children, but they "just kept going."

He added, "Everybody thinks I'm crazy having six kids and chasing this dream."

The family also has two dogs, Magnolia and Hazel.

She often joins Walker on tour

Walker Hayes and Laney Beville Hayes
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Laney, the kids and dogs joined Walker on his 19-date "Fancy Like" Tour in 2022. The family hit the road on his 12-bunk bus with a tiny bathroom and a kitchenette. When he shared the news with Laney, Walker said they all cried.

"We were so happy. It was better than a Grammy nomination," he told PEOPLE in February 2022.

He added that their children "lost their minds."

Walker shared photos on his Instagram of his family's adventures on tour, including hanging out backstage and even joining him onstage.

She inspires Walker's songwriting

Walker Hayes sings to Laney Hayes during the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California
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Laney is also Walker's creative muse, with their relationship and time together inspiring his songs, which are "really just journal entries" from his life.

"I quit trying to write a song about Friday night that Jason Aldean might cut," he told PEOPLE in July 2017. "I started writing songs about dollar stores, my kids, experiences with [wife] Laney. I just started writing about the truth because really that's my expertise."

Walker credits her for his career success

Laney Beville Hayes and Walker Hayes attend the 2022 CMT Artists Of The Year at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 12, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee
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Beyond serving as his creative inspiration, Walker has credited much of his success to his wife. In his 2017 interview with PEOPLE, he noted that her constant belief in him kept him going.

"She has a way of looking at me and remembering what's best about me," he explained. "Even though it's nowhere close to coming out … Her faith in my gifts and my talents are beyond my own faith in them."

She opened up about her faith and family on That Sounds Fun podcast

In August 2022, Laney made time to chat with Annie F. Downs during an episode of That Sounds Fun podcast, where she discussed her relationship with Walker as well as her "journey of being married to an unbeliever, and so many other good conversations about faith, family, life and friendship."

Walker proudly posted a photo of a smiling Laney from the episode on his Instagram. He captioned the snap: "As I listened I felt extremely grateful to love and be loved by Laney through some of life's life's tougher 💩 and I'm truly blown away by what the Lord has done with our family and how he is using our mess to speak to others."

She dances to Walker's songs on TikTok

Walker Hayes and Laney Beville Hayes
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While she may not be as into TikTok as Walker, Laney supports her husband's career by dancing with him to his music on the social media platform. In August 2022, Walker shared a video of himself and Laney grooving and showing off some choreographed moves to his song "Y'all Life" in the shampoo aisle at a Walmart.

"I mean I would say she actually danced right here 💪💪💪💪 @walmart #yalllife," Walker captioned the TikTok video.

Walker, however, loves to participate in TikTok dance challenges, especially with his kids. He posted another video of himself on Instagram on Aug. 18 and two of his kids dancing to Rah Bando's "PRAISE GOD."

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