The Pioneer Woman’s Ree and Ladd Drummond are perhaps the most beneficial couple in America. Their Food Network program offers an apparent inside view of their lives on a vast Oklahoma farm. While cooking a storm for friends and family, and never afraid of beef or butter, Ladd is struggling to ensure that the ranch and their many other projects work smoothly. And while it sounds like a relic from an older, simpler time – part of their appeal, it’s certainly how things are done at Drummond Ranch.
Ladd – or, as Ree calls him, the Marlboro Man – is more than just a handsome cowboy. He really is the co-pilot of Ree. And as far as he is a man with few words, who lends himself to his enigmatic behavior, much is going on under the cowboy surface of the friendly patriarch. So without further ado: here we have dug up the man of the Pioneer woman who you might never have known before.
You won’t believe what he did during their wedding reception
Ree and Ladd Drummond have been married for more than two decades, as noted by People Magazine – that was a long time ago! But when a reader asked Ree what her wedding was like, or if they were doing anything special at the reception, she had a surprising answer. “The only special thing about reception was that Marlboro Man had joined the men’s dressing room when Arizona State (his alma mater) played Nebraska, the defending national champion,” she said in a post on her blog. Really?
Really. “ASU won, and Marlboro Man didn’t miss it for the world or for our wedding reception,” Ree continued. “He says the game was a good omen.” Although we are not so sure it is worth missing cake and champagne, sport is of course something that keeps Ladd close and dear. At least he has passed the ceremony!
So does the Marlboro Man smoke?
For a long time, Pioneer Woman fans didn’t know exactly who Ree and Ladd Drummond were, because they didn’t know their last name, as noted by a post on her blog. She also called her husband the “Marlboro Man” instead of using his real name. Why? She wanted to “preserve a little anonymity,” which obviously didn’t last long. Now everyone knows who they are!
Where did Ree come with his now famous nickname? “About a year after we got married, a woman … saw my husband on the porch,” she said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “She said,” Who is that Marlboro man? “It stuck. “We can also see why.
Is the smoke right like the Marlboro man? “He doesn’t and he never did,” Ree Drummond confirmed, although they had met in a smoky bar. So the name is all about the image that people used to see in advertisements for Marlboro cigarettes, but not really because of the smoke itself.
His favorite non-work activity
Running a 433,000-hectare cattle farm is not light work by the imagination – there is much to do! So much so that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days in the year that the family does not have to work, according to People. That’s a pretty messy schedule, for sure.
But that doesn’t mean they work 24 hours a day, so Ladd can score some downtime in the evening. So what’s his favorite activity when it’s time to relax? Why, of course, watch movies on Netflix with his wife on the couch! “He has watched every movie ever made,” Ree revealed to People. We wonder if he likes Westerns …
Strangely enough, you will not record that Ladd streams all episodes of Godless in one go. That’s because he “doesn’t believe in vague areas,” said Ree Drummond. Apparently Ladd’s is super traditional for that matter!
He got Ree to start eating this again
You wouldn’t know about the foods that Ree often cooks in her show, which contains all kinds of animal protein such as beef (duh), but – believe it or not – Ree Drummond was once a vegetarian, her blog said. Of course that did not stick, and probably because of Ladd. “I’m a bit of a picky eater, so I’m not the best guy in the world to cook for,” he admitted in an interview with People Magazine. “I am a man who really loves meat and mashed potatoes.” So having a vegetarian chef at home just didn’t work for him.
Ree Drummond clearly did not object to the conversion, because she had no moral objections to raising and eating animals. “I believe we treat and respect the animals with the greatest care, and I believe we have fangs because we should eat animal meat,” she said in another post on her blog.
What brought her back to the carnivore camp? “Ladd cooked me a steak in the butter, and it was all over,” she revealed to people. That would do it!
Think he was always loaded? Think again.
Because the drummins are one of the largest farming families in the country, it doesn’t mean that money has never been a problem. In fact, the first decade of the marriage of Ree and Ladd was a super fiscal challenge. “We had financial problems, we had everything every couple goes through in the early years,” Ladd revealed in an interview with People Magazine. He specifically refers to the dive that his company made thanks to the fright of mad cow disease in the 1990s.
That meant that the Drummonds had to tighten their belts to withstand the financial storm. “The first six years that Ree and I were married, we didn’t have a vacation,” he continued. “And she never complained.”
It is clear that all that patience paid off, because the Drummonds are certainly loaded now. In addition to the $ 23.9 million they have received from the Bureau of Land Management since November 2017 for allowing wild horses and burros on their property, it is estimated that Ree Drummond is worth $ 8 million, according to AOL. Factor that in with their successful cattle trade, and they roll into dough.
One of his brothers died young
Speaking of the family cemetery, the Drummond family is not affected by the tragedy. In fact, Ladd himself lost a family member at a very young age. “[Ladd’s] oldest brother Todd was killed in a car accident when Todd was eighteen, the summer before he left for college,” Ree Drummond shared in a post on her blog. He had been working on a family friend’s farm in Texas at the time.
Of course, his death shook the Drummond family to the core, according to another post on Ree’s blog. “Tragic, life-changing, terrible,” she continued. “Anyone who has lost a loved one to a car accident knows how much it rocks a family.” That is more than sad.
Ree and Ladd have done their bit to keep his memory alive. They named their youngest son after him, as Ree Drummond noted on her blog. It is clear that he will never be forgotten.
Ranching was the only life for him
When it comes to Ladd, one thing is absolutely certain: animal husbandry is and has always been his destiny – it is in his blood. Firstly, he is co-owner of Drummond Land & Cattle Co., together with his brother Tim, and is part of one of the largest farming families in America, according to People Magazine. And the farm, where Ladd and members of his extended family live, has been in their family for five generations now. The house where he grew up? He now lives there with Ree and the children. There is even a family cemetery on the site, showing how much he and his family are connected to that country.
So are Ree and Ladd planning to let their children stay and work the land like he – and his father – did? “We want them to be able to come back if they want,” Ree Drummond wrote on her blog. “But we don’t want them to feel chained to life if they want to go in a different direction.” The time will tell who will be in charge in the future.
He’s more progressive than you might think
On the surface, the Drummond’s wedding seems to be very traditional – the cowboy spends the day on the range, while his wife spends the day in the kitchen. But just scratch the surface a little, and it’s clear that Ladd is more progressive than you might think, chapping, and leaving aside traces. “The perspective of our marriage is that it is very traditional,” Ree Drummond noted in an interview with People Magazine. “But in many ways, [it] is anything but traditional.”
How come? On the one hand, Ladd often takes care of the children, so Ree Drummond has time to work, whether that means they have to drive to football practice, work with him outside or hold the fort while they are on a business trip. “They have always been a team,” Ree’s mother, Gerre, shared in an interview with The New Yorker. “And this, coming from a western ranch culture in which the men are traditionally the kings.” Who knew there were modern cowboys? Keep the dream alive, Ree Drummond!
He’s given her some major ideas
Fans van Ree Drummond know this story: after Ree Drummond became pregnant on her honeymoon and had raised and raised four children for the next seven years, Ladd decided to give her a moment to herself. According to The New Yorker, he took all four children to the beach and left Ree alone with her thoughts. That gave her time to start her blog, The Pioneer Woman, the seed for what is now a realm of cookery books, a television show, a line of household items, a restaurant and a shop and a hotel. Crazy!
But Ree Drummond didn’t just come up with these ideas. In fact, it was Ladd who encouraged her to start her blog, according to People Magazine. And he later came up with the idea for the hotel and more. “Every good idea I’ve had comes from him,” Ree Drummond admitted. “I consider myself an independent woman who can handle everything herself, but I really trust his opinion.” Given how successful everything has been, there is a good chance that we will see more of the duo in the future.