Successful, long-lasting marriages among celebrity couples are rare, but country music’s ultimate duo Faith Hill and Tim McGraw proved that they can conquer all odds. With a happy marriage for over two decades, many should take advice from them. Hill and McGraw have been staples not only in their beloved music genre but in each other’s lives. Since the super-couple love spending time together and going on adventures, they have decided to enter a new phase in their married life and chose to reveal this to fans by making a major announcement. With their family and fans as both their support and inspiration, the singing sensations are confident that their shocking revelation will be well-received.
Read on to learn more about the colorful love story these talented artists have shared, and of course, to discover the details of the big announcement they made on their 21st wedding anniversary.
Stronger than ever
While it’s true that fame and fortune don’t always go hand-in-hand with healthy romantic relationships, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill accomplished somehow managed to make it work. Both musicians balance successful careers while making sure they squeeze in quality time with each other. This commitment forms the foundation of their strong, happy marriage.
One of their most successful collaborations took place when McGraw appeared in the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side. Hill also contributed to the project via the soundtrack, Country Strong. But, after 21 years, the famous couple is taking a surprising new turn in their lives. How will their family and fans react to this big news?
The unexpected happened
Before they ruled the world of country music, McGraw and Hill were like any other aspiring musicians. They wanted nothing more than to make it big in the entertainment industry. The two singers first met in 1994 during the New Faces Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
At the time, Faith had only just divorced Daniel Hill, a music publishing executive whom she had married six years earlier. Tim, meanwhile, was dating Kristine Donahue. Tim and Faith only met briefly, but those moments left a remarkable impression on both of them. Was it love at first sight? Keep reading to find out!
Spending time together
Two years passed by since their first meeting, and the two still had no idea that they were destined to be reunited as more than just talented artists. In 1996, they headlined a joint tour titled ‘Spontaneous Combustion.’ The big stars, however, were still not coordinated as McGraw’s romantic relationship with Kristine Donahue had advanced – the two were engaged.
Indeed, they couldn’t have been more unaligned at this time as Hill was engaged to record producer Scott Hendricks. It looked like a love story wasn’t possible for the two artists but something changed on the first night of their tour. It seemed that destiny was determined to bring them onto the same page.
The two charming singers had undeniable chemistry. From an outsider’s perspective, it was easy to see how well they connected and how comfortable they were together as they shared the stage. This time spent on their joint tour brought them closer, and as the tour progressed, things became more intense until it reached a point when they could no longer deny their attraction.
There was one problem though – Tim’s engagement had been called off but Faith was still engaged, which complicated things. A major decision was called for, and the sooner she made it, the better for all of them. Faith had to choose between sticking with her former life or taking a risk with Tim.
Their first kiss
It didn’t take long before Faith made up her mind. One evening after the show, she decided to take Tim up on his invitation to go back to his dressing room. The two clearly felt the need to resolve the tension that had developed between them over the course of the tour.
Tim decided to make the first move, and they shared their first kiss in his dressing room. This was a confirmation that their mutual attraction was real. Faith responded to the kiss and realized what she really wanted. She finally made up her mind and called off her engagement.
The moment they were able to be honest and open about their feelings, things became easier for them and it didn’t take long for them to develop into a true power couple. With their joint tour, Faith and Tim’s relationship kept getting stronger every day, and their feelings for each other blossomed.
Eventually, their avid fans discovered their big secret. After a few months of spending time together, they finally made their first public appearance together in September of 1996 at Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children event. How would their followers react to their blossoming relationship?
Fighting for love
Many of Faith’s fans had strong negative reactions to the way she ditched her fiance to start a relationship with Tim. She received many intrusive comments from people offering their unsolicited advice on her love life.
Knowing that the decision seemed sudden to those who didn’t know what had been going on in her private life, Faith anticipated ugly remarks. She responded by saying: “If someone is going to judge my character because I was engaged to somebody and then I left him for somebody else, I can’t control that.” Certain that Tim was for keeps, she added, “But I wasn’t about to let Tim slip through my hands. And I had more self-worth and self-respect to not.”
Faith and Tim’s relationship moved quickly, and the talented couple received a pleasant surprise in late 1996 – Faith was pregnant and expecting their first child. Though wonderful, the news came as yet another shock, particularly to their huge fan base.
However, the furor quickly died down as people saw how happy Faith and Tim were. The growing baby bump soon had fans excited for the couple. Although everyone expected her to be a wonderful mother, one thing was still missing. Tim knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her and wanted to make it official before they welcomed their baby into the world.
Tim McGraw was sure he had to make Faith Hill his wife. He loved her so much that hearing her say yes to his biggest question would be a dream come true.
In an interview, he revealed the details of his proposal: “It was raining and stuff, and we’d been on tour for a while together, and I joked around with her about getting married. And so I said… I looked at her, grabbed her by the hand, and dropped forward onstage. She had already done her show. And I said, ‘I’m really serious. I want you to marry me.”
The surprise wedding
Surprise celebrity weddings are becoming a trend, and Faith and Tim were among the first stars to create the hype. The couple tricked their family and friends into coming to Tim’s hometown of Rayville, Louisiana for a concert and a softball game.
Can you imagine their surprise when what they really walked into was a wedding ceremony? At the time, Faith was three months pregnant and the couple exchanged their vows under an oak tree. The blooming bride was wearing a white dress and no shoes while her dapper groom rocked a black coat and blue jeans. A chic couple indeed!
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s appearance at the American Music Awards in 1997 was one of the first times they came out in public together. At the time, Hill was heavily pregnant and despite her loose white dress, a baby bump was evident.
One thing that cannot be denied was that the lovely couple was deeply in love and proud to be future parents. It was also obvious that they couldn’t wait to share the arrival of their bundle of joy with family, friends, and the rest of the world.
Grateful for adoption
Faith had no qualms when asked about her biological mother and her adopted parents. She admitted to being in “awe” of her birth mother when she first met her. She was also grateful to her adopted parents for the amazing family bond they built throughout the years.
“I can’t imagine the choice to do that and how thankful I am that she was able to give me the opportunity that I had because I was placed into an incredible home that I mean basically is responsible for the way I am today and the backbone that I have,” Faith said in an interview.
Bundle of joy
Nine months of carrying her baby passed surprisingly fast for Faith, and her fans were as excited as she was to see her introduce her bundle of joy to the world. In May of 1997, the famous singers became the proud parents of Gracie Katherine.
As expected, Faith took some much needed time off to focus on family life, particularly on raising their baby. And it wasn’t long before the couple made plans for their second child. Apparently, their family was growing as fast as their romance did. Keep reading for more interesting details of their family life.
Naturally protective parents
Faith was a natural caregiver. She handled her family life with sincerity and thoughtfulness and ensured her kids had a wholesome upbringing, despite her fame and fortune. In interviews, she would share her excitement at being a mom, with her only complaint being the homesickness she felt whenever she was away from her family.
“I can’t even say what my greatest fear is because I can’t even imagine. Being without my family… I can’t even say it because it makes me cry.” Indeed, Faith took her roles as a wife and parent seriously, and her love for her family is truly touching.
Following four taxing years on the road, Faith took a much-needed hiatus. She enjoyed a three-year break from the music industry, and in that time, had her second child – Mary Elizabeth. Surprisingly, her highly-anticipated comeback ended up being a duet with her loving husband, Tim. The name of the song was “It’s Your Love,” and it became a phenomenal smash-hit.
This collaboration cemented their success as country music stars. Faith and Tim proved they were strong solo artists who were even stronger in each other’s company.
A strong relationship
Their relationship was built with so much faith and love that in interviews, they would each often gush about how amazing the other was. In 2000, Faith opened up about just how much Tim had contributed to her life: “Tim has given me confidence and strength and my foundation.”
He makes me feel like I can conquer the world,” said Faith. Their ever-blossoming love led to the birth of their third daughter in 2001. With the arrival of Audrey, it seemed the family was on top of the world, but could it last? The couple certainly had some challenges ahead.
A family man
Though he was devoted to his family, Tim realized his life as an entertainer had changed drastically after he became a family man. In an interview, he shared that having a family gave him the ability to focus. “You feel like you got your arms around everything, and you know where your life’s headed. You just find a peace you never had before.”
This is, perhaps, a feeling that every doting husband and father can relate to. It was clear that after having kids, Tim and Faith had so many more dreams in their lives. Their children must be very lucky to have them as parents!
A successful couple
As you would expect from country music’s power couple, their duet “It’s Your Love” was so phenomenal that it held the number one spot for six consecutive weeks. Impressively, the hit song even won them a collection of accolades at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
For Faith, the song is more than just a country music classic. “It [doesn’t] feel like anybody else was really watching.” One inspiring pact that she and Tim made was to never stay away from each other for longer than three days. Perhaps this is the secret behind their long-lasting bond?
A growing family
Since Faith and Tim had extremely active careers, their fans expected that by 1999 they would stop growing their family. But they resisted public expectations when they made an announcement about their plans. In an interview, Tim told reporters that “we’d love five kids.”
When asked if he wanted a son, Tim responded: “I always wanted boys, but in a way I want it to stay this way. Just keep having girls. That way I’ll always dress good.” What an adorable dad!
Before the year 2000, the popular country stars hadn’t headlined together on a tour since the one that brought them together. They changed all that with their collaborative tour called Soul2Soul, and to make the event even more adorable, they were accompanied by one of their children. Faith and Tim enjoyed touring together as they got to divide the profits and didn’t have to be far away from each other.
They seemed to be happy and so in love throughout the tour. However, their commitment to one another was not enough to stop the rumor mill from constantly trying to claim that the couple was days away from a looming separation. Was there any truth to the rumors?
Firing back at the gossip magazines
The media loved to keep rehashing stories about instability in Tim and Faith’s marriage, and over time, the constant barrage greatly affected the couple. Finally, Faith hit back at false rumors, saying “I’ve had an affair with my makeup artist, a female; an affair with my hairstylist; my marriage is on the rocks; Maggie is not Tim’s child, the naysayers. I don’t need their approval. I have too much going on. If that’s their entertainment, fine.”
Celebrity relationships, especially marriages, may be hard to hold together, but Tim and Faith proved all the gossip-hungry pessimists wrong. They knew their strength as a couple and as a family was more than enough to withstand any challenges that may come their way.
Secrets and ultimatums
Are you ready to hear about one of the biggest challenges the couple faced? Tim’s secret addiction was finally revealed in 2008 when he opened about his need to drink before going on stage. He knew it was time to seek help and revealed that his wife saved his life in many ways and that Faith made him a better man.
But Faith was also so tough that she said she was prepared to leave him if he didn’t improve his coping mechanisms. So, Tim swapped booze for martial arts, saving his marriage and family in the process.
Their secrets to success
Over many years of togetherness, Tim and Faith’s marriage got stronger and more secure. The famous pair still love each other as much as they did when they first started their romance. When asked about their secrets to a successful marriage, Tim happily shared that it’s their easy communication style.
“She would be perfectly happy if I told her, ‘Let’s get in the car and ride for two hours and talk.’ That would be as big a gift to her as anything,” revealed Tim. This ability to openly express themselves is at the heart of their successful marriage.
On letting go
As parents, they were loving and dedicated to their children. When it was time for their daughter Maggie to pursue college, they struggled with the reality that their baby girl was all grown up. Tim revealed that they had mixed emotions and letting go was bittersweet. “It’s beautiful, and it’s sad all at one time.”
“You know, you can’t wait to see what they make of themselves and do with themselves when they get out from under your umbrella,” he continued, “but you’re also nervous and sad because you’re gonna miss ’em.” What a sweet dad!
Aware of the possibility that at least one of their children may wish to follow in their footsteps, Faith and Tim are preparing themselves for this reality. They had to accept the fact that their daughters may want to break into the music game.
As for parenting strategies, Faith said, “the one thing we stress is that you don’t get things handed to you on a silver platter – you have to work for the things you want, they know it takes hard work.” She also added that “as a parent, you don’t want to stand in the way of their dreams.” This is a refreshingly empowering attitude.
The celebrity couple has performed together on stage for over two decades, but as Tim said, some things never change – the biggest mainstay being how smitten he is with his lovely wife. He shyly revealed that Faith still takes his breath away.
“It amazes me every night, every chance I get to sing with her. When you see somebody you love up there, it’s a lot more.” Tim is madly, deeply in love and he proved to the world how faithful and responsible he is as a husband and as a father. However, Tim was good at concealing his stress from his fans.
Scaring their daughter’s boyfriend
One of the most anxious moments for a guy in a relationship is meeting the parents of his girlfriend for the first time. Tim unintentionally terrified his daughter’s boyfriend during their first meeting. When Gracie’s boyfriend arrived for a family barbeque, he was surprised by the scene he found himself in.
Tim explained that he was “in the kitchen and I forget that he’s coming. I have a white apron on and a knife and I’m trimming meat up, so I’ve got chunks of meat all over this white apron, blood everywhere.” What a terrifying scene!
Faith and Tim have a seemingly perfect marriage, but if you pay close attention to their lyrics, they hint that they have had their fair share of issues. Case in point: “I know that sometimes you hate me. We spend most of our days together with you trying to change me like a good fight” and “she knows how to press those buttons. And if she’s a little angry, she can press those buttons big time.”
Indeed, arguments are inevitable in any relationship, but theirs are not as bad as their songs make it sound! Tim revealed that “the last [argument] we got [into], I didn’t load the dishwasher or something.”
Worries about Faith’s health
In 2017, a lot of people started to worry about Faith. She seemed to be losing weight rapidly and her fans expressed concerns that she had developed anorexia or some other illness. Healthcare professionals suggested that she was probably stressed, exhausted from touring, and maybe dehydrated. Then rumors of a heart problem began to emerge.
A source close to the award-winning singer finally debunked all these claims and explained that Faith had increased her workouts and sometimes skipped meals when busy. Being skinny in the show business industry will always spark rumors, but Faith didn’t let the gossip get to her.
Keeping the spark alive
Being together for more than 20 years could lead some couples to get bored with each other, but for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the spark never fizzled out. By performing together, they have been able to create a uniquely strong bond.
“The memories we have created every time we have gone out have been the best memories of our career,” said Tim. When asked how they remained intact for such a long period, he joked, “well, she tolerates a lot, I think that’s probably the main reason.” Faith laughed and threw in that he “tolerates a lot too” and that they “actually like one another.”
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Tim McGraw was a product of an unplanned pregnancy, and little did he know that his father, Tug McGraw, was pitching for the Jacksonville Suns, a triple-A international team at the time. When Tim first met his dad, the pitcher was already popular, having played and won the World Series for the New York Mets during the 1969 season.
However, Tug was in denial and refused to acknowledge that Tim was his son after their first meeting. When Tim was nearly 18 years of age, Tug noticed how much they looked alike, and so his denial finally melted away.
Following in his father’s footsteps
Clueless about his father’s legacy, Tim McGraw found himself attracted to the world of team sports, even earning a baseball scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University. However, he injured his knee during a game and was compelled to let go of any dreams he had of becoming a pro.
When he laid down his bat, Tim picked up a guitar – a move that eventually led to just as much success as he dreamed of in the world of sports. It also led him to the love of his life.
Winning Faith’s heart
In a joint interview conducted by Southern Living magazine, Hill revealed how McGraw tried to win her heart at the start of the relationship. “[Tim] brought me chicken and dumplings. [He] came to my house [unannounced]. He knocked on my door, and he had a bowl of homemade chicken dumplings.”
Tim shared that he would also make her cornbread. He knew in his heart that his effort to make these comfort foods would show just how much he cared for Faith. His effort (and cooking skills) clearly paid off in the end!
One of the things that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were able to bond over the most intensely was their unsettled upbringings. Hill told Southern Living that she was raised by adopted parents and always had a hunch that she was an outsider.
“I used to think there was some kind of conspiracy, that I must be the daughter of one of my aunts. And of course I used to dream I was Elvis’ daughter… I’m a gypsy at heart. I had a spirit that was completely outside what my family was,” related Faith. We couldn’t blame her for having such wild fantasies, but she was lucky to have grown up with loving adopted parents who raised her well.
Rejected by Reba
At an early age, Faith Hill knew that she had a powerful voice. The talented artist was a regular performer at the local churches during her teenage years. She channeled her enthusiasm into the creation of her own band, soon adding rodeos to her list of performance places.
When Hill was finally ready to become a country singer, she headed to Nashville at the age of 19 and auditioned to sing with Reba. This was not the lucky break she was hoping for – Reba turned her down. Determined to reach her dreams, Faith wasn’t shaken by this rejection.
Wounds from the past
For the most part, Faith refused to speak publicly about her first marriage to Daniel Hill. The two met when she moved to Nashville, and when she finally opened up about their marriage, Faith disclosed that seeing her birth mother for the first time pushed her to leave everything from her past behind, including Daniel.
Of her first marriage, Faith said, “I was going through so much. I was like a flower trying to bud. Marriage wasn’t what I needed. It was a disguise.” If you’re not careful, wounds from the past can shape your decisions in the present.
The number one country couple
In the winter of 2017, Hill and McGraw did something they had never done before – they recorded a joint album. Titled “The Rest Of Our Life,” it was the first LP they recorded together. Impressively, the album launched on the Top Country Albums chart at number one!
The grateful couple expressed their overwhelming gratitude, saying “we are especially grateful for our amazing fans and the talented folks who worked on the album with us, we are blessed to get to do this and, even more so, together.” Stronger together must be their mantra.
The big announcement
For a long period, country music’s power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed solo. But in 2017, they made a big announcement that sent their fans into a spiral of dizzy excitement. The adorable duo announced that they would be working together for another Soul2Soul tour!
They are thrilled to be reuniting on-stage. To express his admiration for his wife, Tim used a racing analogy, saying “when I’m on stage with her, it’s like NASCAR trying to keep up with an Indy car. She’s just that good. So, to watch her sing and see what she does is pretty inspiring.” We bet you couldn’t be more excited about this much-anticipated comeback!