For Eric Church, Father’s Day serves as a reminder of how far he’s come.

The country rebel tells Rolling Stone magazine fatherhood has brought a little light into his life.

“When you have a child, everything changes. I’ve changed a lot. I suppress a lot of maybe the way I used to be. Is that dark side still probably there? Yeah. I just don’t let it come out very much. But if you mess with my kid, if you mess with my family, well, I can bring it out.”

The “Cold One” singer welcomed son Boone McCoy, 2, with wife Katherine back in 2011.

Eric appears on the split cover of Rolling Stone’s first Country Issue, available now.

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