Willie Nelson, 89, is happy with his wife of 31 years, Annie D’Angelo. Their two sons love their father very much.
Unfortunately, Nelson lost his son from a previous marriage.
Raising his two youngest sons with his beloved wife in an old house became a blessing for him.
Country music legend Willie Nelson has spent his life building a beautiful family. Over this Christmas vacation, Willie and his family have come together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the sabbatical in the true spirit of Nelson. To mark the occasion, the family gathered for a nice group photo.
Willie’s two sons with his current wife shared the photo on social media. In the image, two of the Nelson boys, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, sat with their father and mother, Annie D’Angelo, with their dogs in their laps. Micah’s unidentified wife was also present and pictured, smiling next to her husband.
Behind the merry group was a large blue Christmas tree with twinkling lights and decorations in its branches. Micah and Willie sported Santa hats and in front of the group was the message “Happy Holidays! Love the 2022 Nelsons”, digitally scribbled in red, green and white.
Finally, in 1986, Willie met a makeup artist on a film set, and the two fell in love.
Fans of the country musician reacted to the photo, sending love and good wishes for the holidays and the new year to the family. Many also commented on how “loving, kind” and “inspirational” they found the family.
How did Willie find lasting love and lose his son in the same year?
Over the years, Willie has lived a rich life. He’s made a few mistakes along the way, though, most notably his past failed marriages. The first of his wives was Martha Matthews. He married her in 1952 and the couple shared three children, Billie Nelson, Lana Nelson and Susie Nelson. Sadly, Willie and Martha divorced in 1963.
Following the heartbreaking loss of his eldest son, Willie had a lot on his mind.
Willie Nelson and Lukas Autry in 1991, Colorado | Source: Getty Images
After Martha came Shirley Collie Nelson, but she and Willie apparently hadn’t been together for long. The musician married Connie Koepke in the 70s and they had two daughters, Paula Nelson and Amy Lee Nelson. Unfortunately, things ended between them in 1988 and Willie moved on.
Finally, in 1986, Willie met a makeup artist on a film set, and the two fell in love. Willie had his fourth attempt at a lasting relationship with Annie, and she seemed like the one that stuck. The two got married and they had their two sons together, Lukas and Micah. Sadly, the same year, Billy passed away. willy wrote:
“When Billy left us he took his story with him. It is an unnatural and unspeakably painful act for a father to bury a child. I will always remember Billy and in this my attempt to tell my own story, I want the world to know that this good boy, this good man, this good son will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him so well.”
Willie Nelson and Annie D’Angelo in Times Square on June 6, 2013 in New York | Source: Getty Images
One of Willie’s oldest children, Billie, was tragically found dead at the age of 33. Billy died in his own home and by his own hand, and his passing left his father with deep sadness. The loss left Willie shocked, as it was reported that father and son spoke days before the terrible event.
How did Willie’s youngest sons become his blessing?
After the heartbreaking loss of Billie, Willie had a lot on his mind. Fortunately, he had his beloved Annie to support him. And Annie had another surprise that definitely puts things into perspective: she was pregnant. Lukas, the eldest of her two young boys, was born in 1988, followed by Micah in 1990.
At the time, Willie wanted to raise his two new “blessings” at Abbott, where he was raised. He bought a house from a local resident, and he, Annie, and their two new boys settled into the comfortable home. After a while, however, Willie started touring with his band and he decided to take his boys with him.
Willie Nelson, Annie Nelson and their sons in 2005 at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, USA | Source: Getty Images
Micah and Lukas commented on their childhood and said they grew up in their father’s band. Micah remembered playing the harmonica since he was young and his brother played percussion. They grew up with their father’s passion for music, and they both became musicians. Willie commented on his boys:
“I’m really happy and proud of the boys.”
Micah and Lukas grew up with a lifetime of fond memories of their father, but they both swear Willie is far from his end. Lukas commented, saying he thought his dad would live to be “108”.
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