Country singer Walker Hayes and his wife, Laney Beville, are in mourning after losing their baby only days before the due date.
In a statement released on social media, the 38-year-old shared the tragic news that the couple’s seventh child had passed away. “It is with great sadness that Laney and I share with you the news that our sweet Oakleigh Klover Hayes was born this morning at the hospital and now is safely in heaven. Thank you for honoring our privacy as we grieve,” the statement read about the couple who share three daughters and three sons, ranging in age from 2 to 11.
“Walker has canceled his immediate upcoming appearances to be home with Beville and their children. We ask that everyone respectfully give them their privacy in this difficult time,” the statement concluded.
The singer previously opened up about expecting his seventh child in an interview with Taste of Country, saying that Oakleigh was due on June 8 and they were planning a home birth because they have had close calls trying to get to the hospital. “We’ve almost had a couple in the car, and I’m not the guy you want to have a kid in the car with. I’m pretty chill, but once birth starts I go the opposite of chill,” he tole the publications.
Hayes also previously opened up about being the father to six children, saying that he and his wife originally only wanted four but “just kept going.”
“Everybody thinks I’m crazy having six kids and chasing this dream,” he said, adding of what he tells his wife, “You’re crazier than anybody because you married me, and you’re still around for all this.”