After 21 Years Of Married Life, Tim McGraw And Faith Hill Have Opened Up About The Future

For more than 20 years, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been the golden couple of country music. However, the singers’ relationship has seen some unharmonious interludes which may have pointed to them being out of time with each other. Then, after more than two decades together, the 50-something couple made a huge announcement about their future.

When the now 51-year-old McGraw and 50-year-old Hill first met in the mid-1990s, both were stars in their own right. The Louisiana-born boy was about to bring country to the masses with his pop-crossover style, while the Mississippi girl had already enjoyed a string of top-ten singles and sold more than six million albums.

However, while things were running smoothly in Hill’s career, her personal life was entering a rough patch. In 1994 the songstress had divorced from her husband of six years, Daniel Hill. Two years later, the “Take Me as I Am” singer found love with her one-time recording producer. Scott Hendricks took her at her word, and the pair became engaged. Nevertheless, the couple would never wed. As Hill also sang, “I Can’t Do That Anymore”…

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In early 2016, the betrothed Hill joined Tim McGraw on the singer’s aptly named Spontaneous Combustion Tour. Indeed, things ignited pretty impulsively and a romantic fuse was lit between the pair. McGraw, who was newly single at the time, later told Country Weekly that it did not take long for the songbirds to become lovebirds.

In a 2000 interview with the music magazine, McGraw revealed, “When we started touring together, I wasn’t involved with anyone, but she was.” The singing star added. “But you can’t be around Faith and not fall in love with her. Things just kind of happened. When two people are meant to be together, there’s nothing that’s going to keep them apart.”

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Soon enough, Hill fell pregnant with the couple’s first child, and the pair tied the knot in Louisiana in October 1996. Hill and McGraw said howdy to their daughter, Gracie, in 1997, and the family has been going strong ever since.

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Indeed, following the success of the couple’s first single as a duo, “It’s Your Love” – which went multi-platinum – Hill decided to take a backseat to focus on her family. In the years that followed, this strategy paid off when she and McGraw welcomed two more daughters, Maggie in 1998 and Audrey in 2001.

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And while doting dad McGraw’s career went from strength-to-strength, the family still managed to retain some sense of normality. In order to keep the unit together, the couple even took their three girls on the road with them on extended tours.

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McGraw described the secret of their domestic dynamic’s success to celebrity website E! News in 2015. “I think, for us, [it is] being as normal as possible and raising our family and being in a family situation as much as possible…” the star said. “Certainly it’s different because of what we both do, but we try to keep it as much of a family environment that we can.”

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However, while Hill and McGraw both worked hard on keeping their relationship and family on song, the couple have experienced some bum notes along the way. In June 2000, McGraw and fellow country singer Kenny Chesney were arrested and later charged with assaulting a police officer after a misunderstanding over a piece of horse rustling.

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The alleged incident occurred after Chesney had asked the daughter of a police captain if he could sit on her father’s horse at the George Strait Country Music Festival in Buffalo, New York. However, after climbing onto the animal, Chesney claimed that it had begun to trot away. Officers intercepted the musician and attempted to remove him from the saddle. An affray saw McGraw get involved, and the incident left some police officers with minor injuries.

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McGraw and Chesney were both later acquitted by a New York State jury, and an emotional Hill was present in court to hear her husband’s innocent verdict. However, that was not the only time that the country singer was needed to stand by her man in an hour of need.

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Prior to McGraw giving up alcohol in 2008, Hill had staged an intervention for her husband, warning the star that drink was taking him over. In 2014, a repentant McGraw told Men’s Health magazine, “I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically – no needles or that kind of stuff, but… use your imagination.”

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However, thanks to Hill’s timely words and deeds, McGraw was able to successfully turn things around. “When your wife tells you it’s gone too far, that’s a big wake-up call,” the star opined. “That, and realizing you’re gonna lose everything you have. Not monetarily, not career-wise, but family-wise…”

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So, given their checkered past, when Hill and McGraw trailed an important online announcement about their future in late 2016, some fans must have feared the worst. However, any anxiety proved to be misplaced. In fact, the married singing stars were just revealing the details of an upcoming world tour.

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Indeed, in April 2017, country’s power couple would kick-start their Soul2Soul tour by hitting the road in the U.S. and Canada. The dates would be Hill’s first as a performer in more than a decade, and – to crank up the pressure up even further – the gigs would coincide with the release of the pair’s first-ever album as a duo, The Rest of Our Life.

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However, if Hill felt rusty, it was difficult to tell. The couple’s 2017 tour sold more than 838,000 tickets, earning the couple a staggering $71.3 million. Furthermore, Hill and McGraw received rave reviews, particularly from Lindsay Williams of Rolling Stone magazine, who described the couple as “country music royalty” in light of the shows.

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Indeed, in her review of the pair’s appearance at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, the music critic wrote, “The show’s tightly executed production was upstaged only by the couple themselves, who are undeniably at their best when collaborating.” Williams added, “Tim and Faith proved why, after 21 years of marriage, they’re still the ultimate country-music power couple.”

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And Hill and McGraw’s tour appearances not only proved that the pair were still at the top of their game professionally, but personally too. A quick scroll down Hill’s Instagram page will show that the pair appear as much in love as ever, with post after post dedicated to McGraw.

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So after 21 years of marriage, three children and multiple hits recordings and tours under their belts, what do the couple believe is their secret to success? Well, it turns out that it is pretty simple. “We like each other; we do actually do like one another,” Hill informed daily TV magazine show Today in November 2017. Meanwhile, McGraw chimed in, “That’s the key for sure.”

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