There are painfully few real, lasting love stories in showbiz. In fact, celebrity couplings always seem to end in divorce, heartbreak, some sniping on social media and/or a protracted lawsuit. But country music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter definitely bucked that trend. And even now, they still serve as a touching reminder to the world that love really can last if you work hard at it. Indeed, one letter that Cash sent to Carter in 1994 proves that the Man in Black wasn’t just an amazing singer and songwriter, but that he was also a deeply romantic soul.
The Carter-Cash love story is so complex and chaotic it could almost have come from the pages of a novel. The pair first set eyes on each other in 1956, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. On this particular evening, June Carter was performing as a back-up singer for rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley.
And while the two fell in love instantly, there was just one problem: Cash already had a wife, Vivian Liberto. Needless to say, then, that Liberto was the one who lost out in this scenario. What’s more, she blamed Carter for breaking up the marriage. “I should have been relentless at saving it,” Liberto wrote in her 2005 autobiography I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, “as relentless as June was at destroying it.”