Jelly Roll & Bunnie XO Open Up About IVF Journey, Plan to ‘Add to Our Already Perfect Family’

Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO are on a journey toward expanding their family. The “Halfway to Hell” hitmaker made an appearance on the Bussin’ With the Boys podcast on Monday, and when the discussion turned to his current fitness focus, Jelly Roll revealed a surprise.


“My wife and I are talking about having a baby, and it really made me realize that at almost 40, I was like, it means I got to live to at least 60. I got to see this kid into college,” Jelly Roll said. “My plan was never to be 60. It was to be like 55. I think [the Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry] Garcia died at 56. I was young, so I was like, ’56 would be great for me! …It’s better than 27 when all the other stars died. It’s 27 or 56 in the celebrity world. Let me be 56.’ But now I’m like, ‘I’d like to see my 60s.’ You know what I mean? And that really lit it up.”

Meanwhile, Bunnie XO also shared a snippet from the podcast on her social media, adding in the caption, “God willing–Baby DeFord 2026,” and revealing that the couple is undergoing their own IVF journey.

Bunnie XO added, “Papa Bear dropped a surprise on this pod today. We had planned on doing this privately, but decided our IVF journey needed to be shared because we’ve always been so open. And w/ all odds stacked against us, it’s already been hard and we have only just begun. We have been meeting with IVF doctors & exploring all our options to add to our family.”

Bunnie XO continued, “J and I are so excited and scared all at the same time. We genuinely never thought we’d want to add to our family but something changed this year & we both just want a piece of us together to add to our our already perfect family with Bailee & Noah [Jelly Roll’s children from previous relationships]….so here we go y’all! Send all your love our way.”

Last month, Jelly Roll ran his first 5K, with Bunnie by his side. In training for the 5K, the singer lost more than 50 pounds.

“I couldn’t walk a mile when I started trying to do this back in January,” he told Entertainment Tonight after finishing the 5K race. “So the fact that we got 3-point-whatever it was [miles], got it down, I feel really, really good about it.” 

Jelly Roll has notched three Billboard Country Airplay chart-toppers to date with “Son of a Sinner,” “Need a Favor” and his Lainey Wilson collaboration “Save Me.” He will also perform a headlining set at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest in Nashville on Saturday.

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