Love and Theft was one of the many artists on last week's Country Cruising Cruise, which Trace Adkins had an uncomfortable run-in with his impersonator. The altercation led to things getting out of hand where Adkins checked himself off the cruise and into rehab when it docked in Jamaica.
Well now, Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles is sharing his side of what he witnessed on the cruise when it all went down.
“You know, there’s only so much you can take when someone’s trying to be you,” Liles told KNCI radio station. “[Eventually] you’re like, ‘Ok bro’, I’ve been doing this for 20 years, you’ve been following me around…and now you’re going to come on this small cruise ship….’”
Liles confirmed that no punches were actually thrown, but that Adkins “just confronted him” and “got up in his face.”
Adkins' impersonator went as far as signing autographs, which Liles says may have been the breaking point for Adkins.
“There’s only so much you can take if someone’s pretending to be you," says Liles. "It’s cool for a little while, and then you get in a confined space, and when the dude is mocking your autograph….”
Liles adds that the impersonator felt genuinely bad to get dressed down in public by his idol. “He feels like he disappointed him,” Liles said.
Stay tuned to Roughstock for the latest on this story as it develops.