Willa Gray Biography-Wiki
Willa Gray Atkins is the eldest daughter of Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins.
Rhett and Akins adopted Willa Gray from Uganda in May of 2017, when she was not quite 2 years old. The couple welcomed Ada James only a few months later and sees no distinction between their daughters. Rhett first fell in love with their now daughter on a trip with a 147 Million Orphans in 2015. If you follow the couple on social media, you know they have taken several trips together.
While she didn’t know who would adopt Willa, Lauren knew that she and the crooner husband would play a fundamental part in finding her a home.
Kelly explained: ‘You touch them, and you hold somebody, and it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not — we’re a blended family — and you’re like, this is my purpose. Such a powerful thing.’ Thomas admitted the moment was equally as powerful for him too, even though he wasn’t there. The singer reminisced: ‘When I talked to (Lauren) on the phone that night and she said that we need to find her a home … It was after a concert, and I was going to bed, and I was like, “Well, bring her home.”
Willa Gray Akins Age
Willa Gary is 4 years old as of 2020.
Willa Gray Akins Birthday
Born on November 2, 2015, she celebrates her birthday on November 2, 2015, annually and will turn 5 years old on her birthday in 2020.
Willa Gray Akins Height
She stands at a fair height and has a fair body weight to match her height.
Willa Gray Akins Adoption Story
Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins appeared on Thursday’s at-home edition of The Kelly Clarkson Show and told the story of 4-year-old daughter Willa Gray Akins’ adoption.
Akins told Kelly Clarkson she had “always talked about adopting” her “whole life” and that her mom is adopted.
“I just thought it was really cool,” she said. “We’d talked about it off and on, but it wasn’t something that we had sat down and had, like, a full-on adoption conversation.”
That conversation happened after Akins traveled to Uganda with the organization 147 Million Orphans in 2016 and met a baby girl. After posting a photo of the little one on social media and talking to her husband via FaceTime, Akins knew she had to find the child her “forever home.”
“I was, like, so moved. I mean, the second I touched her, it was, like, electric,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my word. This little girl has just taken my heart.’ I was like, ‘Honey, we’ve gotta find her forever home. Like, I know that’s why I’m here is to get this girl to her home.'”
As Clarkson listened to the story, she started to cry.
“Oh my God. OK. You totally Oprah’ed me just now. I did my own makeup and this is not waterproof,” the singer and host said while wiping away a tear. “It’s so beautiful because I know that feeling. As a mama, you touch them and you hug them. It doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not. We’re a blended family. You’re like, this is my purpose. It’s such a powerful thing.”
Willa Gray Akins Real Name
Willa Gray Akins is her real name.When it came to Naming Willa, Lauren wanted to pick a name that symbolized strength. “I wanted a name that was really strong and something that empowered her and encouraged her to know how strong she is,” Lauren said.
Lauren shared that she knew Thomas Rhett’s grandfather, Willard, before she and TR even started dating– and he’s been a big part of her life ever since. “For many years he’s been the rock of our family,” she said. “Willard means brave, resolutely strong and brave.”
So, from Willard they got Willa— and she decided on Gray as a shortened version of her brother Grayson’s name.