The 36-year-old husband of former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler and songwriter for country music, Kyle Jacobs, died of what appears to be suicide. He was 49.
Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police, confirmed to The Post that when officers arrived at the couple’s residence in response to a 911 call on Friday afternoon, they discovered Jacobs dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an upstairs bedroom/office.
According to officials, his death is being looked into as a suicide. Aaron said, “Pickler said she woke up and couldn’t find her husband right away.” The door to the room where Jacobs was discovered was locked, so she and her personal assistant had to phone 911.
Jacobs, who was born on June 26, 1973, was brought up in Minnesota. “More Than A Memory,” Garth Brooks’ 2007 No. 1 song, was co-written by him. Tim McGraw’s “Still” and the Eli Young Band’s “Dust” were both written with his assistance.
Pickler, George Strait, Kelly Clarkson (2023 Net Worth), Thompson Square, and Jo Dee Messina, to mention a few, have all recorded some of his songs. Pickler, on the other hand, became well-known in 2006 after finishing sixth on the fifth season of “American Idol.”
Her difficult upbringing was followed by achievement. She said in a 2006 interview with Us Weekly that her mother gave her a kitchen knife and told her to kill herself.
I recall saying to my mother, “I wish God would take me away; I’d much rather be dead than live here with you,” as we were in the kitchen. Here, do it then, she added while pulling out a knife and setting it on the counter.
In fourth grade, I was. Although I would never have taken that action, it has left me with many emotional scars. At a Nashville pub in 2007, Jacobs and Pickler connected through mutual songwriter pals.
She explained on “The Real” in 2015, “So we ended up sitting with him and his cronies, and we got lost in talk and everybody else vanished.”
They began composing music together right after, contributing to numerous tracks on Pickler’s albums “100 Proof” (2012) and “The Lady I Am” (2013).
On songs like “Mother’s Day,” “The Lady I Am,” and “Bonnie and Clyde,” he is given credit. Pickler remarked of her ex-boyfriend Kyle to People in 2008, “I didn’t realize someone like Kyle existed.
“He makes me feel so confident in who I am. I had never observed how a partnership ought to be. I had never seen my parents together outside of a courtroom.
When I’m having issues, I’ll exclaim, “I need a Xanax!” No, sweetie, let me be your pill, Kyle offers. It’s quite soothing.
On January 1, 2011, the pair secretly wed in Antigua. Kyle and I had originally intended to have a lavish wedding, but at the last minute, I remarked to him, “Honey, this ain’t us.” Pickler recalled that he then stated, “Let’s just run away.”
Along with Derek Hough, she went on to win Season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2013. Pickler and Hough performed the rumba during the competition to “Say I Do,” a song Jacobs composed and sang for the program.
Before hitting the stage, Pickler referred to the song as “my life” and “our journey.” As stated in his Twitter account, Jacobs is “happily married to my closest buddy.” “I Love Kellie Pickler,” the couple’s reality television program, aired on CMT from 2015 to 2017.
“He makes me feel so, so great about myself. I feel so beautiful when I’m with him,” Pickler told The Boot in 2021. “He always tells me he likes me better with no makeup on and sweatpants. He makes me feel the most beautiful when I’m with him. As long as I’m healthy, then he is fine with whatever I wear.”
Jacobs’ passing was lamented on social media on Friday by the country music community. “The Academy is shocked to learn of the demise of Kyle Jacobs, a gifted songwriter and producer from Nashville and Kellie Pickler’s husband.
Jacobs received an ACM Award in 2014 for his work on Lee Brice’s song “I Drive Your Truck.” Join us in offering condolences, love, and healing, the Academy of Country Music Awards account tweeted.
CMT, the network that aired the couple’s reality show, tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kellie Pickler and the rest of the Jacobs family.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kellie Pickler and the rest of the Jacobs family. 💔 https://t.co/8mzIjsgmC1
— CMT (@CMT) February 18, 2023
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