Art reflects life, as they say, and you don’t have to read the tabloids to know that country music is full of heartbreak. Even though there are a lot of celebrity couples who just don’t make it, many of them thrive. With the recent news that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are launching their Soul2Soul tour, here are 10 who are committed to going the distance together.
10. Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley
— Kim Williams-Paisley (@Kimwilliamspais) December 15, 2013
Brad Paisley has not been shy about telling the world how he feels about his beautiful wife. “Nashville” actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley married the “Perfect Storm” singer in 2003 and they have two boys together. It’s clear from listening to his hit songs that his family has inspired some truly great music, such as “Anything Like Me”, about finding out the couple was expecting their first son, and “Then” about how much his love for his wife has grown since first meeting her. Their marriage seems to be going strong, and one can only assume that life with a guy who writes songs like “Crushin’ It” has got to be pretty fun.
9. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Though they’ve recently come up against some divorce rumors, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are still committed to one another. Married in 1996, the two are going on twenty years together and have three beautiful daughters, the youngest of whom is already 13! Time flies when you’re having fun, and the family seems to have a lot of fun together. In fact, the whole family turned up at the Time 100 Gala in New York where dad Tim was honored, and the three McGraw girls and their mama all looked stunning!
8. Clint Black and Lisa Hartman-Black
It’s been 23 years now since Clint Black wed the woman he loves, and they’re still happy together. The couple even recorded a hit duet in 1999, “When I Said I Do”, that reached the top of both the country and pop charts. The goose-bump inducing ballad is identifiable for married folk because it admits the difficulties of matrimony while asserting that it’s important to stay together. The Knots Landing actress and the “Killing Time” singer have one daughter together, Lily Pearl, born in 2001.
7. Alan and Denise Jackson
For better or for worse was really put to the test in the Jackson household when, in 1997, the “Summertime Blues” singer’s infidelities came to light, almost bringing to an end his 18-year marriage to his wife. The couple wed young; he was 21 and she was 19.
The two were high school sweethearts and had three daughters together, the youngest only a year old when they decided to separate. A year later they reconciled, and Denise has recently written a book about their marriage, called It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life.
In an interview with People the blonde beauty said, “The greatest blessings in my life have come out of my worst shattering – his betrayal and our separation were what led to this new, passionate love relationship with God and also led to us being able to have the kind of marriage that we both always wanted but just didn’t know how to have.” All that hard work has paid off, and the couple recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
6. Kix and Barbara Brooks
— Barbara Brooks (@BarbaraDBrooks) December 5, 2014
Married in 1981, Kix and Barbara Brooks have as normal of a marriage as it’s possible to have, when you’re married to a country star. According to his wife, the “Neon Moon” crooner is a good dad to his two kids, and even fixes things around the house. In a 2002 interview with Country Weekly, Barbara Brooks said of her famous hubby, “Kix’s fame came when he was a little older, so he already had a strong sense of himself. I don’t see very many changes in him.”
5. Ronnie and Janine Dunn
Speaking of Brooks and Dunn, Ronnie is still with his wife Janine after 25 years of wedded bliss. In the same 2002 interview with Country Weekly Janine said of her other half, “Ronnie’s not famous at home, I don’t know anybody who is, when you have kids and a real life. Both Kix and Ronnie are pretty conscious of the impact they can have by being a good example. They act like wild men onstage, but they’re really pretty conservative.” The couple have two kids together, and a grandson born in 2012.
4. Martina and John McBride
This is one country power couple who have made it through the test of achieving success together. Martina Schiff met John McBride in early 1987. In what seems like a fairytale whirlwind romance, the couple were engaged by May of that year and married in 1988.
John McBride is the owner of Blackbird Studios and is still head-over-heels in love with his lovely bride. In an interview with The Boot, McBride said of his wife, “I’m not a religious guy, but I always felt God put us together. It’s crazy. I’d never had that feeling before. This girl, she’s incredible, and I love her more than I ever have. I told her, ‘If we could bottle what we have, we could retire, girl.’ We’re so lucky.”
3. George and Norma Strait
The King of Country found his queen back before he was even royalty. George Strait eloped with high school sweetheart Norma Voss before he entered the Army. The better part of half a century later, the two are still like two kids with stars in their eyes.
Their journey together has not always been an easy one, however. The couple lost their only daughter, Jennifer, in a car accident in 1986 at the tender age of 13.
George and Norma also have a son, George Jr., who in 2012 honored his father by naming his own son after the country legend. In an interview with Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA Strait said of his new grand baby, “He’s a ‘third.’ Just saw him yesterday, he’s really growing, and I think they’re gonna call him Harvey. It’s kind of sticking. That’s my middle name, and that’s what we’re calling him, George Harvey Strait III.”
2. Dolly Parton and Carl Dean
Dolly married the love of her life in 1966, and nearly 50 years later, they’re still together. In an interview with People the country star said, “They say that opposites attract, and it’s true, we’re completely opposite, but that’s what makes it fun. I never know what he’s gonna say or do. He’s always surprising me[…]but when we’re together, we have enough things in common that it works.”
1. Loretta and Oliver Lynn
The Queen of Country’s famous tumultuous relationship with the man she referred to as “Mooney” or sometimes “Doo” was immortalized in the Sissy Spacek film The Coal Miner’s Daughter. The couple wed in January of 1948, when young Loretta was merely 14. By November of that same year their first child was born. It’s not hard to see why the brunette beauty was inspired to write her controversial hit “The Pill”, when five more children followed the birth of her eldest daughter.
The Lynns were married until death they did part, when Mooney passed away in 1996 from complications due to diabetes. She spoke to Jim Patterson of the Associated Press in October of 2000 and told him how she had taken care of Mooney until his death, “I did take him two weeks before he died and got glasses and hearing aids and a leg,” Lynn said of her ailing husband, “He never put them on. I should have known (he was dying). I guess this is something you don’t want to know. You just don’t want to know, and you don’t give in to it.”