Kellie Dawn Pickler is a versatile American talent recognized for her roles as a country music singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Her journey to stardom commenced as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, where her captivating voice secured her a sixth-place finish.
Date of birth: June 28, 1986
Zodiac sign: Cancer
In 2016, Kellie’s musical contributions earned her induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and from 2017 to 2019, she co-hosted the nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show Pickler & Ben with comedian Ben Aaron. Beyond the limelight, Kellie’s personal story is marked by profound loss and resilience.
Kellie Pickler parents
Clyde Raymond “Bo” Pickler Jr. (father)
Date of birth: December 15, 1964
Date of death: September 16, 2019 (age 54)
Her father, Clyde Raymond Pickler Jr., known as Bo Pickler, faced personal challenges and was absent during crucial moments in her life. While Kellie pursued her dreams on American Idol, Bo served a two-year prison stint in Florida for aggravated battery and assault on a peace officer. Despite the hardships, Kellie expressed gratitude for the life skills her father instilled in her, stating on The View in 2012, “He spent a lot of time teaching me how to fend for myself. He taught me life skills. I know how to survive and make something from nothing, and he taught me how to do that.”
Tragically, Bo Pickler passed away unexpectedly in September 2019 at the age of 54. Although Kellie has chosen to keep the details private, the impact of her father’s influence on her resilience and self-sufficiency is evident in her journey.
Cynthia Morton (mother)
Kellie’s mother, Cynthia, played a complex role in her life, leaving when Kellie was two years old. Although Cynthia returned and took custody of Kellie for a brief period, the court eventually placed her back in the care of her paternal grandparents, Clyde Raymond Pickler Sr. and Faye Pickler.
Faye, whom Kellie fondly referred to as her mom, played a significant role in raising her to adulthood. However, Faye’s sudden death in January 2002, just a day after being diagnosed with lung cancer, left Kellie grappling with the unexpected loss of a maternal figure.
In 2022, Kellie faced another wave of grief as her grandfather, Clyde Raymond Pickler Sr., passed away.
Amidst the challenges, Kellie’s mother, Cynthia, has undergone a transformative journey. Now a life coach and domestic violence speaker, Cynthia’s own experiences with abusive relationships have shaped her advocacy. In total she was married 3 times. A severe beating during her teenage years left her in a body cast, necessitating jaw replacement, dental implants, and a metal plate in her mouth. Cynthia’s resilience and recovery, marked by therapy to regain her ability to walk and talk, showcase the indomitable spirit that runs in the Pickler family.
Kellie Pickler siblings
Courtney Pickler (younger paternal half-sister)
Kellie and Courtney are close. In 2012 when Courtney gave birth to a baby girl, Kellie was really excited to become an auntie.
Michael Pickler (younger paternal half-brother)
Kellie never mer Michael according to some sources.
Eric Pickler (younger paternal half-brother)
In addition to navigating the complexities of her relationship with her father, Kellie also has a half-brother on her father’s side named Eric. They both lived with their grandparents while Bo was absent. There is no information about the nature of their relationship now, but Eric was very close with his father.
Kellie Pickler husband
Kyle Christopher Jacobs (husband)
Date of birth: June 26, 1973
Date of death: February 17, 2023 (age 49)
Marriage duration: 2011-2023
Kellie Pickler chidlren
Kellie doesn’t have kids.