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Following in Daddy’s Boots?

Justin Moore talks about his daughter Ella’s potential as a country star.

Ella Cole, the eldest of Justin Moore's two daughters at the ripe old age of 2, has already appeared in one of his videos, "Til My Last Day," but could she have designs on a country career? Justin hopes not.

"If she wants to do that I will support her wholeheartedly, but I hope not," he tells "I don't want her moving away from me like I did my mom and dad."

Ella appeared with Justin on the pitcher's mound when he sang the national anthem at a Kansas City Royals baseball game in July, and frequently pops up onstage during his performances at fairs, but only when she feels like it. "Sometimes she wants to, sometimes she doesn't," says Justin. "I was playing Hot Springs [Arkansas] the other night, which is about 30 minutes from my house, and I thought this will be cool to bring her out because all my family was there. And I'm calling back on the talk-back mic and my production guy says, 'Ella's watching Dora. She doesn't want to come.' So, apparently they asked her and apparently her quote was, 'No, I'm busy.'"

The big draw at fairs for Ella isn't her dad—it's the pony rides.

For more on Justin, pick up the Sept. 3 issue of Country Weekly.

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