Tim McGraw’s latest album ‘Standing Room Only’ is out today, but the three-time Grammy Award-winning country singer says his career wouldn’t exist without his wife, Faith Hill.
Although the music superstars faced challenges in their marriage, as McGraw struggled with addiction and 15 years of struggling with sobriety, the ‘It’s Your Love’ crooner admitted Hill had always been his grace saving.
“I guarantee you, if I hadn’t married Faith at 29, A, I probably would have ruined my career, and B, I would have already died with my career in ruins, one or the other. . , and it would never have been where it is now,” McGraw told Apple Music host Zane Lowe via People.
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After 27 years of marriage, McGraw, 56, and Hill, 55, defied all odds with a successful showbiz romance and three children.
And though McGraw humbly claims he doesn’t have the “key” to a successful marriage, he candidly admitted the one sexy song that spiced up their love life and the secret pact that helped their bond survive the hardships of the life.
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A look back at their love story:
McGraw and Hill first met in 1994, but didn’t start dating until 1996. Sparks flew when Hill joined McGraw on his Spontaneous Combustion Tour, and the two later married this year.
In 2021, McGraw recalled his proposal to Hill in a cute social media video as the two celebrated 25 years of marriage.
“We had been together for a while,” McGraw detailed in a Video clip shared on X, known at the time as Twitter. “I actually asked her to marry me several times and she kept saying no. She said, ‘I’m not going to get involved with another country singer, it just won’t work.’ “
In 1997, McGraw and Hill revealed they were expecting their first baby. As the couple arrived together at the American Music Awards, the “This Kiss” singer showed off her growing baby bump. Later that year, they welcomed their daughter Grace.
A year later, in 1998, the country stars welcomed their second child, a baby girl named Maggie. Their third daughter, Audrey, was born in 2001, a year after McGraw and Hill completed their Soul2Soul tour together.
As McGraw and Hill’s successful music careers skyrocketed, they vowed to always put their family first.
“Faith and I, lucky for us, when we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to start a family and we knew we wanted our family to come first, and we were 29 when we got married” , he told Apple Music.
“We were both successful and when we got married and decided to start a family, we had been successful enough by that time to be able to choose when and how we wanted to work.”
While the couple’s three daughters are all grown up now: Gracie, 26; Maggie, 25; and Audrey, 21 – McGraw shared that the family of five aren’t afraid to be “brutally honest” with each other.
“Faith and I were going to raise our daughters to be strong and independent and fierce, to have their own minds and opinions,” he told “Entertainment Tonight Canada” last week.
“And sometimes I’m like, ‘Dang, do we want them to be that independent and strong?’ But yeah, we’re so proud of them.”
However, despite career success and a happy family, McGraw confessed to going through a tough time in her life.
He recently opened up about his 15-year struggle with sobriety and how his wife has always been supportive of him.
“She’s always been my rock. She’s my rock in everything I do. I don’t think I could stand tall without leaning on her in everything I do,” McGraw explained during a interview with Yahoo! Entertainment.
Although McGraw had Hill’s stalwart support, he admitted it was hard to avoid temptation during his sobriety journey.
“It’s not a linear path,” he pointed out at an event ahead of his Standing Room Only tour.
“There are setbacks… there are times when you move forward and do good, and there are times when you go backwards. And that will probably be a process throughout the rest of my life and something I have to be diligent about…really keep working on.”
McGraw spoke candidly about how his “very personal…very moving and very honest song” “Hey Whiskey” evokes his past alcohol abuse and heavy drinking.
The “Live Like You Were Dying” crooner has been proudly sober since 2008.
To make their marriage work, McGraw confessed to making a promise to Hill early in their relationship.
“We made a commitment from the beginning, when we decided to get married and have children, not to leave when problems arose,” he explained to “Entertainment Tonight Canada”.
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Today, after nearly three decades of marriage, McGraw recently shared a special song that still reminds him of his wife.
“Well, there’s a song, and it’s really an instrumental, but there is one. I’m probably going to get in trouble saying that. God, please forgive me, baby. C is ‘Samba Pa Ti’ by Santana. It’s kind of our song,” he told Yahoo! Entertainment.
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His uncle introduced him to the iconic ’70s band tune and also suggested McGraw save the tune for a special occasion.
“My uncle once told me — my uncle Hank, an old hippie who lives in Napa Valley — that he played it for me years ago on the road,” McGraw said. “He liked that song too. He said, ‘I’m going to tell you something.’ He says, “Never make love to a woman while listening to this song, unless you intend to marry her.” And so I didn’t until I And then I did.
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The “I Like It, I Love It” singer went on to talk about his wife and their lasting marriage. McGraw said the two were in their “second honeymoon” phase.
“We always like to say we’ve been married 92 years in showbiz parlance; it’s like dog years,” he joked.
Louisiana native releases his 17th studio album, “Standing room only”, today.
McGraw will begin touring in 2024 and has scheduled performances from Jacksonville, Florida to Phoenix between March and June.