Luke Bryan got his wife, Caroline, kangaroos for Christmas. Picture: Instagram
Luke Bryan got his wife, Caroline, kangaroos for Christmas. Picture: Instagram

Idol judge’s controversial kangaroo gift

COUNTRY superstar Luke Bryan has caused controversy for getting his wife two baby joeys for Christmas.

Bryan, who will join Katy Perry and Lionel Richie as judges on the new season of American Idol, shared a video of him gifting the animals to his wife, Caroline Boyer.

Brett’s barn additions. #brettsbarn

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"I got you two designer purses," Bryan jokes as he carries the kangaroos in to his blindfolded wife.

"Oh my God! Where did you get these?" she asked after taking off the blindfold.

Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer. Picture: Instagram
Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer. Picture: Instagram

Bryan lost his brother, Chris, more than 20 years ago in a car accident. His sister, Kelly, died in 2007 with a medical examiner unable to say why. Then Kelly's husband Ben died in 2014, prompting Bryan and his wife to raise the couple's kids, Tilden, Kris and Jordan, alongside their own sons, Thomas, 9, and Tatum, 7.

Then in February, Caroline's brother Bo and his wife, Ellen, lost their seven-month-old daughter, Sadie Brett (known as Brett). Bryan and Boyer then started "Brett's Barn" as a tribute to the youngster, with the aim of helping abandoned animals find homes.

He captioned the Instagram video of the kangaroos #brettsbarn. However, it is unknown if the joeys were abandoned.

The internet was split on the issue with some backing Bryan for doing something "nice" for his wife after a tough year and those who were keen to point out that kangaroos are wild animals.

Y’all get ready for #AmericanIdol.

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"Kangaroos are endangered and belong in the wild," marlenerose1829 wrote.

"you don't even know where the kangaroos even came from. They could have been abandoned, sick, unable to live in the wild for some reason. I know some of the other animals at Brett's Barn were rescued. You just automatically assume the worst," klynnr824 wrote to marlenerose1829.

"If they were abandoned or sick, they should have gone to an organisation that knows how to deal with them," marlenerose1829 wrote back.

Bryan has yet to comment on the controversy.



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