‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Thoughts on What Life Would Be Like If She Didn’t Move to Oklahoma

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond seems to live a comfortable life on the Drummond ranch. What would her life have been like if she went with her original plan and decided to stay in the city? Here’s what the Food Network star said about her choice to move out to Oklahoma.

What Ree Drummond’s life was like before she married Ladd and moved to the country

 Ree Drummond |Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst
Ree Drummond |Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst

Before she met Ladd, Ree was a city girl pursuing her career. Her original plan was to pack up and move from Los Angeles to Chicago. In her book The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, Ree mentioned life in Los Angeles could sometimes get lonely. She said she ended a relationship with a man she referred to as J, and she desired stability in her life:

My eclectic assortment of dates over the previous few months had only served to cement that I wasn’t at all ready to settle down, and that any passion I’d felt for J during the first year or so of our relationship had long since been replaced by a need for stability during my time in Los Angeles—a city which, in between all the parties and the shopping and the all-night glitz, can sometimes be a terribly lonely place.

Ree later gave up city life to marry Lad, her “Marlboro Man,” and move out to rural Oklahoma. Although this choice isn’t for everyone, in a 2011 interview with Book Page, Ree says it was the best choice for her. “I was completely in love with [Ladd],” said Ree. “In retrospect, there was no way that I was going to leave in the throes of what I was feeling.”

Ree Drummond’s thoughts on what life would be like if she didn’t move to the Oklahoma

In her Book Page interview, Ree is asked what she thinks her life would be like if she didn’t make the choice to move to the country to be with Ladd. Ree started by saying she knows without a doubt she was meant to be in Oklahoma. She also said she “shudders” when she imagines what life would be like if she didn’t choose the country over the city:

Yeah, I shudder. I am thoroughly convinced that I am where I was meant to wind up. In the country we really lead an isolated life… we’re just together; we’re out here, we’re on the land and in the quiet. It’s not that everyone needs that to maintain some level of peace and contentment, but I needed it. It centered me.

 Ree Drummond says she’s just like everyone else

Some fans might think Ree’s life is perfect, but she told Book Page she’s just a regular person and her life isn’t a romance novel. “I don’t believe that romance conquers all and love conquers all. But the passion—I don’t know—it propels you forward through the tough times.”

Read more: ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Husband Revealed What He Doesn’t Like About Living on the Ranch

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