Rory Feek Discusses Fatherhood and Performing Without Late Wife, Joey

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It has been over two years since Rory Feek lost his wife, Joey, to cancer. In an upcoming interview with CBS Sunday Morning on June 17, the singer talks with reporter Anthony Mason about the difficult decision to sing without Joey by his side and how he feels no different about his wife than when she died in March 2016.

“I feel just as married and just as in love,” Rory says. “And I feel like she’s just as much a part of our life as she was.”

Together with his wife, the couple formed country duo Joey + Rory and Rory opens up about singing without his duet partner. “It felt surreal and strange, a little wrong in some ways because I had kinda decided I wouldn’t,” Rory says. “But, on the other side, it felt strangely similar.”

The episode has Rory discussing his family farm, life without Joey and becoming a single father. In one segment, he explains his reaction upon learning that his middle daughter, Hope, is a lesbian. Days after his wife died, Rory says he could sense his daughter had something to tell him.

“I said, ‘just tell me, Hopie,’” Rory recalls. “And she went on to tell me that her friend Wendy was more than her friend, that Wendy and her had been dating for almost a year. And that she was in love. She’s asking me, ‘Are you still going to love me?’ And my first reaction, honestly, was I don’t think so.”

Rory is candid about the discussion, admitting on camera it was his faith that had him question his initial reaction.

“Because my conservative Christian faith that saved me – the first reaction is that challenges that immensely,” Rory says. “Am I supposed to shun my child now and say, ‘No, you can’t be in my life until you come around to thinking like I’m thinking?’ The only thing I try to keep in mind is it’s her life, it’s her choice, it’s her faith and my job is to love her even when it’s hard.”

The episode of CBS Sunday Morning featuring Rory Feek airs on Sunday (June 17) between 9-10:30 a.m. ET on CBS. The singer-songwriter also performed “A Little More Country Than That,” a No. 1 song he co-wrote that Easton Corbin recorded.

Annie Reuter
Annie Reuter is a freelance journalist based in Nashville. When she's not covering the latest music news or interviewing countless country artists, she can be found at a writers round listening to the best up-and-coming songwriting talent Music City has to offer.

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