After Jason Aldean‘s wife Brittany received backlash for posting photos of her kids wearing anti-President Biden T-shirts, the country star took to Instagram to defend his family and his beliefs.
“I will never apologize for my beliefs or my love for my family and country,” Aldean wrote Thursday alongside a photo of his silhouette in front of an American flag. “This is the greatest country in the world and I want to keep it that way. #unapologetic #phoenixwasfire”
The singer’s statement comes after Brittany Aldean posted a photo wearing a shirt that reads “Anti Biden Social Club,” while another picture showed the couple’s children, 4-year-old son Memphis and 2-year-old daughter Navy, wearing black shirts emblazoned with the message “Hidin’ From Biden.” Though Aldean himself was not pictured wearing anti-Biden clothing in the photos, he did comment on a photo of his son wearing one of the shirts, writing, “My boy!”
When one Instagram user accused Brittany of using the couple’s children as “political props,” Aldean also defended his family. According to The Washington Post, Aldean commented, saying, “Watch ur mouth lady! We will teach our kids what we think is right and what we think is best for their future. If you think what is happening right now is ‘great’ for the future of our kids and grandkids, u are delusional!” When a commenter stated, “If you thought Trump’s path for America was any better, you’re delusional!,” to which Aldean responded, “Definitely better than what we got now! Please tell me one thing that the current administration has done that is positive? Just 1!!!”
Previously, Aldean has kept his political beliefs close to the vest so as not to alienate a portion of his fanbase, like many other country artists. In 2016, Aldean told Rolling Stone he did not vote in the presidential election, as he had recently moved and was not registered to vote in the correct county. When asked if he would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, Aldean said, “I don’t know if I’m going to cross that road with you. That’s one subject I do stay away from. Politics is a no-win.”
However, in August, during his first weekend back on tour in 17 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aldean did tell a concert audience, “The coolest thing right now is I’m looking out seeing all you guys, and I don’t see one f—ing mask. I’ve had just about enough of that sh–.”
Brittany Aldean has been open about her political beliefs, saying in an Instagram Story video in August, “I personally don’t give a damn if people don’t agree with me. I think it’s important now more than ever to stand for what you believe, even if it goes against the grain. Do your research, and form your own opinion — speak out if you wish. But most importantly, don’t bully people who feel differently than you.”
Aldean’s current single, “If I Didn’t Love You,” a duet with Carrie Underwood, currently sits inside the top five on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. Next year, he is set to release the 30-song double album Macon, Georgia.