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Jelly Roll’s Heart-Wrenching Memories From Prison

After spending 12 years cycling in and out of jail, Jelly Roll’s chances of breaking free from the judicial system seemed bleak. Trapped in what he described as “the revolving door of the judicial system,” his life alternated between a couple of years in jail and brief months of freedom, as he discussed on the “Bobby Bones Show.” It was during one of these rare periods of freedom that Jelly Roll found out he was going to be a father. The pregnancy, however, was an unexpected turning point.

On May 22, 2008, while incarcerated at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville, Jelly Roll received life-changing news. A guard knocked on his cell door, number 223, to inform him that his daughter had been born. Recalling that moment on the “Bobby Bones Show” in May 2022, he compared it to Paul’s conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus. The news sparked a profound change in him.

Jelly Roll’s childhood was turbulent, marked by his mother’s struggle with mental-health issues and addiction. Despite this, he found stability in his father, who became a role model for him. “I had a good father,” he shared on the show. “He was a hustler, but he was a really good man. And I was like, ‘I want to be a good father.'” His desire to emulate his father’s positive influence became a driving force in his life.

In 2017, faced with his daughter’s mother’s addiction issues, Jelly Roll and his wife Bunnie Xo took custody of Bailee Ann. This decisive move significantly improved Bailee Ann’s life, giving her the stability she needed and fulfilling Jelly Roll’s wish to become the father he had always wanted to be.

Source: Bobby Bones Show