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When it came to country stars’ personal lives, 2013 was quite a busy year.  Here’s a roundup of the celebrity marriages, engagements, breakups and babies in the country music world in 2013:

Marriages & Engagements
Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry, of “If I Die Young” fame, got engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia September 30.

Gloriana‘s Tom Gossin married his fiancée, Jamie, in an October ceremony in Nashville. They’ve been together more than a decade.

Kelly Clarkson canceled plans for a big wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock and instead quietly married him October 20, in a ceremony that was attended by just a few people — not even her mom was invited. She later shared her wedding photos and video online.


In November, about a month after marrying Brandon Blackstock in a private ceremony and telling everyone that she couldn’t wait to get pregnant, Kelly Clarkson tweeted the news that the couple was expecting their first child.  Despite struggling with morning sickness, Kelly kept up a heavy TV appearance schedule to promote her Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, and her NBC holiday special. In early December, Kelly told Ellen DeGeneres that she was 11 weeks pregnant, and went into graphic detail about her morning sickness, claiming that she vomited up to a dozen times a day.

In July, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrell welcomed daughter Eisele [IZE-lee] Kaye Tyrell.

Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy welcomed their first son, Knox, in October. The couple has two older daughters.

Love and Theft‘s Stephen Barker Liles and fiancée Jenna Kennedy welcomed their first child, a son named Jett, in Nashville in December. Stephen’s duo partner, Eric Gunderson, and wife Emily welcomed a baby boy named Camden William in March.

Lee Brice and wife, Sara, welcomed their second son, Ryker Mobley Brice, in December. The couple tied the knot in April.

Taylor Swift rang in 2013 by sharing a long, New Year’s Eve kiss in New York’s Times Square with then-boyfriend Harry Styles.  But just days later, the two split, reportedly after they had an argument in the British Virgin Islands. Taylor seemed to hint at a breakup around that time by tweeting her lyric “…til you put me down,” from her song “I Knew You Were Trouble.”  Of course, Taylor never publicly confirmed any of this.

Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer called off their engagement over the summer. She has since been linked to Clint Eastwood‘s son, Scott.

Jason Aldean filed for divorce from his wife, Jessica, in April. He was photographed getting close with a former American Idol contestant at a bar in Los Angeles in fall 2012.

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