In the days following the United States Presidential Election, many were divided on their political views from both sides of the spectrum. Some celebrated, some were angered and many took to social media.
FGL received a lot of negative reactions in the beginning, ranging from mild criticism to outright derision. Some critics were offended by their use of pop, rock, and hip-hop in their music. Others have accused them of “ruining” contemporary country music. Following the success of “Cruise” and following hits like “Round Here” and “Get Your Shine On” in 2012, every label in town sought to find their own FGL, pushing a wave of new musicians whose music glorified the joys of beer, dirt roads, and gorgeous females with long, tan legs. However, the pair had fantastic sales and sold-out shows, and they developed a commercial empire. They sought to ignore the critics as a group.
Fans began to worry if this was the beginning of the end of FGL, but Hubbard assures that it was just a moment in time and they are still as solid as ever.
Things seemed so heated, in fact, that Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard unfollowed his longtime band mate Brian Kelley after several posts that Kelley had made about beginning to book shows again due to public gatherings following Biden’s win.
“We were literally on a call yesterday, just showing up the last details of our record and working on getting some touring cities out here soon and a couple of announcements, but, um, no, just in that came through in the middle of our team call and we’re just like, well, that’s interesting we are on a phone call together right now talking about the future. So pretty interesting,” added Kelley.
“I unfollowed BK for a few days while we were through this political, you know, in the middle of this election and everything going on. And, and I even called him and told him, I said, ‘Hey buddy, I love you. And I love you a lot more in real life than on your stories right now. So I’m just going to, so that’s why I’m unfollowing you. Nothing personal. I still love you. You’re still my brother,’” Hubbard shared during a chat on the podcast Exit 209 with Storme Warren. “I just didn’t want to see it every time I opened Instagram. And so it wasn’t a big deal. Like, like we, like we said, we’re, we’re on great terms. We’re feeling stronger than ever. We’re loving and supporting each other through even all the chapters that we’re in now and, uh, excited for the future.”
During the conversation, Warren added that this was the first the public had seen of any trouble between the pair.
“We have been on a 10-year relationship, a 10-year partnership, a 10-year commitment to each other. And yes, there have been hard times. It’s not all, it’s not all sugar-coated,” Hubbard explained. “And so the truth is, and I think this is important to talk about me and BK have done work. We’ve went to therapy, we’ve sat with each other and wanting to kill each other at times. But by the end of it, we were hugging it out. You know what I mean? Because we’re brothers and that’s what brothers do.
And, and brothers don’t always get along. So we’ve had, we’ve had moments where we, you know, where we want to kill each other, but a lot of it’s out of love. And so we, we, uh, we put that first and foremost and we know the importance of our relationship and how much, you know, how much love we have for each other. So we have worked over the years, we’ve worked to become stronger and stronger and stronger, and that’s even through the hard times, it’s made us stronger as friends and brothers and partners. So we’re really thankful for it.”