By the end of the decade, moreover, the singer and wife had also welcomed three daughters into their lives. Mattie Denise was born in 1990, while Alexandra “Ali” Jane arrived three years later and Dani Grace appeared in 1997. However, the Jackson household was nearly torn apart in 1998.
That’s because, nearly two decades after marrying his teen sweetheart, Jackson embarked on a short-lived fling. His marriage had already been under pressure due to work commitments, and he and Denise subsequently separated in 1998 for several months. Happily, though, one of country music’s great couples eventually reconciled. Denise later wrote about their difficulties in her 2007 memoir It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life.