Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been happily married since 2005, but sometimes you have to have patience until the stars align and the timing is perfect. Despite the sweet romance they publicly display currently, their first meeting was platonic.
What's fitting is that country music is what brought the singers together. They met for the first time in 1987 when both were still struggling artists. This encounter was two years before Brooks first album was released following his record deal with Capitol Records. They were in songwriter Kent Blazy's attic studio recording a demo.
The story just gets cuter because apparently, Brooks told Yearwood that she could open for him if he ever made it big. And she did! Never in their wildest dreams did they foresee their futures as massive country stars. While they were immediately drawn to each other, they were in other relationships and wanted to make those work. Despite the bad timing, when you know, you know. Brooks said in an interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show that he felt like someone meeting his wife. He was right. And his debut album would change both of their lives.
Brooks stayed married to his college sweetheart Sandy Mahl whom he met at Oklahoma State University until 1999, after 13 years of marriage. During that time, Yearwood divorced her first husband, musician Chris Latham as well as second husband, Bobby Reynolds. After years of remaining close friends and collaborating musically, both stars were finally free to act on their feelings for each other.
In 2005, after dating for years, the Brooks proposed to Yearwood in front of a crowd of thousands at Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California (owned by country legend Buck Owens). Of course, Yearwood was over the moon, said "yes," and they married in front of only four family members at their Oklahoma home.
The pair notoriously hate being apart and have had plenty of opportunities to work and travel together over the years. They have performed at the CMA Awards together and they even found time to make a Christmas duet album together called Christmas Together. Brooks had a world tour (and is currently prepping for a massive stadium tour). Through it all, they put their relationship first.
The sweet couple also supports each other in their passions outside of the Nashville music scene. While Brooks is entirely focused on his music, the country singer totally supports his wife and her changing course to concentrate on her Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen. Her show has been running since 2012 and even won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program in 2013.
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