‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Husband Supported Her in Big Way After Her Brother’s Passing

by Quentin Blount
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There is no denying that Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and her beloved husband Ladd share a special relationship together.

If you are anything like us here at Outsider, then you are also a longtime fan of The Pioneer Woman. As a result, you are probably familiar with all of Ree Drummond’s delicious recipes. She is a successful blogger, author, food writer, photographer, and television personality.

Drummond currently stars in her own television show on The Food Network called The Pioneer Woman. That show first got started back in 2011. She has since made appearances on Good Morning America, Today Show, The View, Thew Chew, and The Bonnie Hunt Show. Not only that, but she has also been featured in Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, People, and Southern Living.

There is no question as to just how successful Ree Drummond has become over the years. And while there is certainly plenty of good to go around for her family, they have also had to face their fair share of sad times as well. One of those things was the recent death of Ree’s brother, Michael Smith.

Drummond sat down for an interview with People Magazine to talk about how much she loved her older brother.

“It isn’t possible to sum up the life of someone as perfectly wonderful as my brother Michael,” Drummond told the outlet. “So, right now I won’t try. He was seventeen months older than me, my first friend and buddy, and I’m so grateful for over 50 years of photos and memories.”

‘Pioneer Woman’ and Her Husband Have a Special Relationship

But Drummond’s husband was there for her when she needed him the most. It has been a tough month with the loss of her brother, but having someone like Ladd to lean on has been a godsend. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that Ladd was in a serious fire truck accident with their nephew back in March. That left Ladd with a broken neck and Caleb Drummond in serious condition. It was Ree, during that time, who had to be the rock.

“It’s been a wild adventure,” Drummond said of her life recently. “We’ve experienced the joys, pains, ups, downs, triumphs, sadnesses, and unexpected twists and turns.”

It goes without saying, but Ree and Ladd clearly have something special between them. They have been married for 25 years now. And even though the good times have brought them close as well, it seems like getting through some of life’s hardest challenges has definitely deepened their love even more.

“That whole ‘love’ thing — the love that deepens, expands, and becomes more firmly rooted over time — is definitely there.”

Ladd Drummond was his wife’s surprise guest at a recent signing event in Grapevine, Texas.