He may call himself an “underachieving, average Joe,” but country singer Luke Combs sure landed himself a winner. His wife, Nicole Hocking, always has his back. She made headlines when she defended her man from body shaming online in October 2019. Nicole seemingly threatened to fight the haters who were “currently being less than pleasant to [her] on Twitter for dating a bigger guy” by sharing a meme about “these hands” being “free.” In a separate tweet, she continued, “Also grow up. It’s 2019. The double standard for this is absolutely disgusting.” But her no-holds-barred attitude isn’t the only thing that’s great about her. Keep scrolling to get to know more about the blonde beauty and her relationship with the musician.

What does Nicole Hocking do?

After growing up in Florida and studying civil engineering in college, she landed a couple music internships. Specifically focusing on country music lead her to move to Nashville, Tennessee later on where she ended up landing a job at Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) as a recruiting and onboarding coordinator. She was working there when she met her now-husband while he was just an up-and-coming singer.

How did Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking meet?

On the podcast “Get Real with Caroline Hobby,” the music insider dished about how she first fell in love with her man. “We met through mutual friends,” she revealed. While they were at a music festival in Florida, they spotted each other out and about and Nicole invited Luke to come hang out with her and her friends. When they got back to Nashville, where they both lived, he invited her over for dinner and, as she explained, “That was all she wrote.” After that, it was pretty much history. “[I knew] pretty close to right away,” she said. “I saw the way he treated me and other people and it was like, ‘My heart is yours forever.'”

According to Luke, it didn’t hurt that he wrote her a song — his hit “Beautiful Crazy” — before they ever even defined their relationship. “That got me some serious brownie points,” he told ABC News. “That was before we were officially dating.”

When did they get engaged?

The musician popped the question in the kitchen of their new home in November 2018 after two years of dating. Not long after, they broke the news while on vacation in Hawaii. “You’re stuck with me forever!! [laughing with tears emoji, red heart emoji, diamond ring emoji] I love you so, sooo much babe,” Nicole captioned an Instagram photo as they celebrated their engagement. In a second post showing off her ring, she continued, “Now that I’ve had time to let it sink in a little, I always said if I was to ever get married, I didn’t want to pick out the ring or go ring shopping. I wanted it to be something that when he saw it, he knew that it was the one … [and] boyyy did he outdo himself. I never thought a ring could mean so much to me. I love you, Luke Albert Combs. I’m going to marry the hell outta you. ♥️♥️♥️”

In his own post, the country singer added, “She said yes a while ago, but this is a way better place to take pictures than the kitchen. Can’t wait to spend forever with you, @nicohocking. I love you! #Mahalo.”

When did Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking get married?

The couple tied the knot on August 1, 2020 in an intimate wedding ceremony in Florida. “Yesterday was the best day of my life. I got to marry my best friend. I love you @nicocombs, here’s to forever,” the “When It Rains, It Pours” singer wrote in his announcement via Instagram.

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“Yesterday was the most special day!! I’m so happy to spend the rest of my life with you! Although we wish would could have had every single one of our family & friends there, we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone next year!” Nicole wrote via Instagram at the time.

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