Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus reveals he placed daughter for adoption

Sharing his truth. Jay DeMarcus revealed that he and his then-girlfriend, Maggie, placed their daughter for adoption while in his early 20s.

“[We] discussed many options, including getting married and raising the child ourselves, but we quickly determined we’d be making that decision for the wrong reason,” the Rascal Flatts member, 48, wrote in Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope, out Tuesday, April 30. “Abortion was never an option, so we began to discuss adoption.”

While the singer’s mom offered to adopt the little one, Maggie went with an outside adoption.

“From the very beginning, I wanted to be in [my baby’s] life,” DeMarcus wrote. “But her mother, Maggie, didn’t want either one of us in her life. That was a hard pill to swallow. I understand that sometimes life sends us reeling because of unexpected situations. But my heart in that moment, though scared, still desired to be in this beautiful child’s life.”

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NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox of musical group Rascal Flatts attend C'Ya on The Flipside benefit concert, benefitting The Troy Gentry Foundation at The Grand Ole Opry on January 9, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: (L-R) Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox of musical group Rascal Flatts attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Rascal Flats performs during pre race festivities prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Entertainers Rascal Flats pose with the Harley J. Earl trophy during a press conference prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: (L-R) Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts attend the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: (L-R) Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts attend the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Rascal Flatts arrives at the 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jamie Gilliam
(L to R) Jay Demarcus, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts present the Award for Duo Video Of The Year during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Harrison McClary (UNITED STATES)
Joe Don Rooney (L), Gary LeVox (C) and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts arrive at the 47th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Henderson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Christina Aguilera performs with Joe Don Rooney (L) and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Rascal Flatts arrives at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone
Country music group Rascal Flatts (L-R) Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney touch their star after it was unveiled on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Country music group Rascal Flatts (L-R) Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney touch their star after it was unveiled on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
CLARKSTON, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performs during the Rhythm and Roots Tour 2016 at DTE Energy Music Theater on September 15, 2016 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Joe Don Rooney (L) and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts perform during the Rhythm and Roots Tour 2016 at DTE Energy Music Theater on September 15, 2016 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performs during the Rhythm and Roots Tour 2016 at DTE Energy Music Theater on September 15, 2016 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CHULA VISTA, CA - JULY 08: Musician Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts performs on stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 8, 2016 in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/FilmMagic)
WANTAGH, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: (L-R) Joe Don Rooney, Travis Toy, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts perform at Rascal Flatts Rhythm and Roots Tour at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on September 1, 2016 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JULY 07: Joe Don Rooney (L) and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts perform during the band's 'Rythym & Roots' tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 7, 2016 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JULY 07: Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performs during the band's 'Rythym & Roots' tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 7, 2016 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JULY 07: Lead singer Gary LeVox performs with Rascal Flatts at Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 7, 2016 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)
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The author added: “My heart finds satisfaction in knowing that she ended up with a wonderful family, but I’ve had to live with this my entire life. The adoptive family was supposed to give her a letter when she turned 14, explaining that I loved her, did not abandon her and have tried several ways to make it possible to be in her life.”

This all took place while the Ohio native was in a Christian band East to West with Neal Coomer, but their connections in the industry “virtually vanished” after news of the pregnancy.

“I understand, I guess, but it does seem that many Christians all too often kill their wounded instead of taking time to be there to help pick someone up,” DeMarcus wrote.

The pianist went on to form Rascal Flatts with Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox. In 2004, DeMarcus married Allison Alderson and they now share daughter Madeline, 8, and son Dylan, 6.

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