Coffey Anderson made his first breakthrough with a brief stint on American Idol in 2003, and fans were immediately smitten. The handsome country singer released a number of big hits, including the 2018 Cowboy Style and the 2016 This Is Me.
But it wasn't his catchy tunes people talked about in the past few days.
His wife, Criscilla Crossland Anderson was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. What else should we know about the couple? Who is Coffey Anderson and what makes him the ideal husband?
Who is Coffey Anderson? The country star would do anything for his wife.
"There are a lot of moments that you can never prepare for. I mean, I never thought I would be helping Criscilla brush her teeth or get to the bathroom in the middle of the night. But we are willing to do it for each other. Each of us are giving 100 percent," Coffey described in a recently published interview with People.
The country singer garnered the sympathy of the public with his incredibly generous support.
"When you say that you will be there for each other through thick and thin and through sickness and health, you have to mean it," Coffey added later on in the interview.
He and Criscilla have been together for 10 years, and have three children, the 8-year-old Ethan, 6-year-old Enmarie, and 2-year-old Everleigh. The family had an idyllic life before Criscilla was diagnosed with the illness.
Which colon cancer symptoms is Criscilla affected by?
The hip-hop dancer began to experience bouts of stomach pain a year ago, around 2018. However, she didn't think much of it and didn't seek help until much later.
In 2019, she was asked to perform at a dance event in Kentucky. This time, the symptoms turned out to be too severe. She had to cancel the show and call for an emergency doctor visit instead.
She wasn't diagnosed with cancer immediately. As she told People, the doctors originally believed that the pain was the result of colitis and sent her home with antibiotics.
However, when the same problem occurred a few days later, she began to suspect that something much more dangerous was at stake.
At her next visit to the hospital, the doctors attempted to perform a colonoscopy, and discovered a large tumor in her colon.
"The cancer has spread throughout my para-aortic region and has begun growing up my back," the mother of three explained.
The diagnosis sparked her to take immediate action. She opted for a combination of holistic therapy and chemotherapy.
Coffey became her No. 1 support throughout the process.
"Life is not fair, but God is always good," Coffey told People.
Recalling a childhood memory, he described how his father would carry his mother — who suffered from lung cancer — around the house, insisting that he is ready to do the same for his wife.
The This Is Me singer is widely renowned for his optimism and positivity, which he will try to maintain in the forthcoming months as well. He will continue to give concerts throughout the autumn-winter season, with new gigs lined up in Las Vegas, NV, Lampasas, TX and Mansfield, TX.