Is Lainey Wilson's Accent Fake? The Country Star Sets the Record Straight

new york, new york august 25 lainey wilson attends a new york evening with lainey wilson at national sawdust on august 25, 2023 in new york city photo by rob kimgetty images for the recording academy
Is Lainey Wilson's Accent Fake? Rob Kim

There has been a long, heated debate among country music fans as to whether Lainey Wilson's distinct accent is authentic. Some say it's completely fabricated, others think it's exaggerated, but what's the real story and why would Lainey want to fake her accent anyway? Lainey's accent is definitely unique. It's sounds country or Southern, but doesn't exactly fit the mold for a classic small-town, Southern accent. However, there is a reasonable explanation as to why Lainey sounds the way she does.

Lainey is from a small town in Northern Louisiana called Baskin. Anyone who's ever visited the town or who's from there knows that just about everyone in Baskin sounds very similar to Lainey. Though she doesn't live in Baskin anymore, she keeps in regular contact with her family and friends there, which explains why her accent hasn't changed.

In a 2022 interview with the Associated Press, Lainey discussed the rumors. She said, "I have had a lot of folks, not necessarily in the industry but just in general, comment on social media and stuff and say 'there's no way that she really talks like that.' Well, let me just dial up my mama and my daddy and my granny and everybody else and let you have a conversation with them. Then you'll realize that what you see is what you get. The way that I talk is the way that I sing. Like it or lump it. The haters can say anything to me. They can say, 'you're ugly, you can't sing,' but when they start talking about my accent? Ooh, it makes me mad, because then I start thinking that you're talking about my family."

During a recent appearance on The Bobby Bones Show, she discussed her feelings toward the matter again. "That's why I don't look at the comments anymore. 'Cuz when they start talking about my accent, I start feeling like they're talking about my family and I'm ready to fight," she said.

"I love her accent, she is so real" and "Ignore them Lainey, I have a strong southern accent also I think people are jealous 🤘💜," fans wrote in support of Lainey.

Wilson also said on the podcast that'd it be hard to keep up with a fake accent all the time and she hopes that in 30 years when her accent sounds the same people will stop asking her whether it's real or not.

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