Congratulations to Garth Brooks and his family.
The country crooner’s middle daughter, 19-year-old August Anna Brooks and boyfriend Chance Michael Russell, welcomed their first child – a girl named Karalynn – in Oklahoma.
Grandpa Garth, 51, has since issued a statement since his first grandchild’s birth:
“Our family would first like to thank everyone for their warm wishes and sweet celebration of Baby K’s arrival,” he told CMT. “Our children’s lives have always been extremely private and they have been endlessly encouraged to be their own people. We have always wanted them to be individuals and NOT be known as ‘someone’s daughters.’”
He added: “I have been amazed and grateful how the press has always respected this. I now ask that respect to please continue as this young family begins the greatest days of their lives.”
Garth’s daughter August graduated from Owasso High School in 2012. The new mom has been dating her daughter’s father since 2011 and briefly attended college at the University of Oklahoma, but left after one year.
Brooks finalized his divorce from August’s mother, Sandy Mahl, in 2001. The college sweethearts announced their separation in October 2000. They are also parents to daughters Taylor, 21, and Allie, 17.
Garth wed fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood in December 2005.