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had quite a year in 2012. The singer married
his longtime girlfriend, Lacey, in an intimate beachside ceremony in May, and the couple welcomed their daughter, Olive Pearl
, into the world in November. While it may be difficult for some people to adjust to two life-changing events in one year, the singer says it has only made him better.
"I don't really feel like I've changed as a person too much, but I change my views on things," Jake tells The Boot. "There are things I want to be better at now. There are things I want to do to be a better human being and a better father. But as far as completely changing me as a person, I haven't really changed. I just look at things a little bit differently, and work harder to set a better example, not only for my wife and child, but also for the people around me, so they can see me as a serious father, and not someone who is taking having a child for granted. It's a big deal to me."