Granger Smith Gives Emotional Update 3 Months After Son's Tragic Death

By Paris Close

September 16, 2019

It's been three months since Granger Smith suffered the loss of his 3-year-old son, River, who passed away in a tragic drowning accident in June. Now, in his first Instagram post in over a month, the country musician has given fans an update on his emotional well-being since the tragedy occurred.

“I haven’t said much on socials lately,” the 40-year-old musician wrote Saturday (September 14). “It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s more that most things just don’t seem important enough to share. We all know that social media has become a mask…a highlight reel per say [sic], that we can hide behind and appear to promote our best moments of our best days. Eh…that stuff doesn’t matter.”

Smith went on to explain that he no longer finds meaning in putting on the "mask" of social media to "hide behind and appear to promote our best moments," but enjoys making videos with his family, including wife Amber, and their two children — daughter London, 7, and son Lincoln, 5. “I can turn on the camera and talk like we’re just friends in the same room. No mask,” he continued.

“Amber has continued to post on her socials and I’m blown away by her ability to be so real, raw and engaging in her captions and pictures," Smith adds, referring to her efforts to keep River's legacy alive. "Once upon a time I had the way with words in our relationship, but now I’m letting her speak for us both. We certainly see the world with our masks off now."

“Life is a storm. Realizing that makes it easier to be grateful for the rays of sunshine,” he concluded.

Since River's passing, the couple have shared life updates and multiple tributes in his honor. Last month, it was revealed that the Smiths had also moved out of the home where their son drowned.

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I haven’t said much on socials lately. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s more that most things just don’t seem important enough to share. We all know that social media has become a mask...a highlight reel per say, that we can hide behind and appear to promote our best moments of our best days. Eh...that stuff doesn’t matter. That’s why I enjoy continuing The Smiths channel on YouTube because I can turn on the camera and talk like we’re just friends in the same room. No mask. Amber has continued to post on her socials and I’m blown away by her ability to be so real, raw and engaging in her captions and pictures. Once upon a time I had the way with words in our relationship, but now I’m letting her speak for us both. We certainly see the world with our masks off now. Each night I find myself looking out at faces in our crowd and thinking about all the different stories...all the hidden struggles. We need each other. . Sorry for the random ranting. Needless to say, I still have to pay bills, promote a tour and promote a lifestyle brand/ apparel line. And I’ll get back to talking about that one day. (I love Yee Yee Apparel too much not to.) All that said, know this: Life is a storm. Realizing that makes it easier to be grateful for the rays of sunshine.

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