Rodney Atkins Speaks About Meeting His Birth Mother For First Time
October 13, 2011 at 6:43 AM (PT)
CURB RECORDS artist RODNEY ATKINS recently spoke to the ASSOCIATED PRESS about being reunited with his birth mother. ATKINS was adopted as an infant and didn’t have any contact with his birth family until 2008, until he reunited with his birth mother in NASHVILLE.
"It hit me at that moment, walking in that room, getting to know her," ATKINS said. "She's a wonderful, beautiful lady. I realized that the reason I needed to do that did not have anything to do with my parents. I'm glad I did that really, really, really for her. She's been carrying that around, wondering what happened, and I could tell it was such a relief."
His birth mother got pregnant at 19 after what ATKINS described as a traumatic first date. She hid the pregnancy from her family and chose to give Atkins up for adoption. For privacy reasons, ATKINS did not want to reveal her identity.
ATKINS also became spokesperson for the NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION in 2008.
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