Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus has released his memoir, called Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope, and in it he shares some pretty big revelations, including the fact that in his early 20's, he and his then-girlfriend had a baby girl whom they gave up for adoption.
At the time, Jay was a part of the Christian duo East To West, so he feared the unplanned pregnancy would impact his career. He wrote, “(Girlfriend Maggie and I) discussed many options, including getting married and raising the child ourselves, but we quickly determined we’d be making that decision for the wrong reason. Abortion was never an option, so we began to discuss adoption.”
Jay said that once news of the pregnancy broke, his connections in the Christian music industry “virtually vanished,” but his love for his baby girl did not. He never got to meet his daughter, writing, “From the very beginning, I wanted to be in (my baby’s) life, but her mother, Maggie, didn’t want either one of us in her life. That was a hard pill to swallow. I understand that sometimes life sends us reeling because of unexpected situations. But my heart in that moment, though scared, still desired to be in this beautiful child’s life.”
Jay's daughter would now be in her 20s, and he said he still thinks about her everyday. Of course, Jay is married and has two young children, ages eight and six.
Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope was released yesterday (Tuesday, April 30th).