Given that he’s one of the most successful country music stars of recent times, it’s fair to say that Tim McGraw has little left to prove. Indeed, the 50-year-old has scooped up countless awards and topped the charts numerous times. To top it off, he has even made the equally talented Faith Hill his wife. And if that weren’t enough, he also has three daughters – and the oldest has had her dad in a tizzy, as she’s recently started dating. However, you’ll never guess what happened when Tim McGraw finally met his daughter’s date…
Among successful artists in the country music genre, they don’t come much more beloved than Tim McGraw. Born in Delhi, Louisiana, in May 1967, McGraw fell in love with country music at an early age.
He told Time magazine, “By the time I was six, I felt as if I knew the words to every album Merle Haggard ever recorded.” That early influence kept him in good stead for the rest of his career, too. He ultimately received some of the greatest awards in music thanks to his trailblazing hybrid of country music and pop.
The son of minor league baseball player Tug McGraw, Tim shot to fame in the ’90s with hits such as “Indian Outlaw,” “Don’t Take the Girl” and “It’s Your Love” – proving that he wasn’t just a flash in the pan. As the ’00s rolled on, McGraw didn’t take his foot off the gas, either – releasing major chart successes such as “Highway Don’t Care” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”
Today, he can lay claim to countless Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards and Billboard Awards, among others – not to mention several million album sales worldwide. However, McGraw has proven to be prolific in his personal life as well.
During a 1996 tour with fellow country star Faith Hill, McGraw asked the singing beauty to be his wife. He later told People magazine of her comical response, recalling, “She said, ‘I can’t believe you’re asking me to marry you in a trailer house,’ and I said, ‘Well, we’re country singers; what do you expect?’”
Luckily for McGraw, however, it didn’t put her off, and she said yes. The two lovebirds tied the knot in October of ’96. And it wasn’t long before additions were welcomed into the musical family’s lives. Hill gave birth to their first daughter the following year, and the couple named her Gracie.
Another member joined the family when they had Maggie in 1998, with a third daughter – Audrey – coming in 2001. However, fast-forward 20 years, and first daughter Gracie is all grown up now – much to the dismay of her very protective father, Tim.
She may still be daddy’s little girl, but she’s also an adult in her own right now, and with that comes the prospect of boyfriends. What’s more, crooning dad Tim now knows this all too well, as he recently learned that Gracie is dating.
McGraw appeared with his wife Faith Hill on The Tonight Show in November, and among other things, they spoke about the call that he had received informing him of his daughter’s rendezvous with a potential boyfriend – one that made the award-winning singer distinctly curious.
He told host Jimmy Fallon, “They gave me a call, and they said, ‘You know, Gracie’s going out on a date. Do you mind if she goes before you meet the guy?’ Faith said, ‘I’ve met him. He’s a really nice guy. We’ve done all our research – everybody. He’s a really nice guy. We put our Secret Service guys on it. They checked him out. Everything’s good.”
However, there was one small condition that McGraw put in place for Gracie to go on her date. He would have to meet the boy in question face-to-face the next morning. As the call came to its conclusion, McGraw said, “They can go out tonight, but I’ll be home tomorrow.”
He added, “Around noon, I want him to come by the house so I can say hi to him – look him in the eye.” And if that wasn’t intimidating enough for Gracie’s poor date, he would get the shock of his life when he did show up the next day…
“We’re doing a barbecue, so I’m in the kitchen, and I forget that he’s coming,” McGraw told Fallon. “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.”
“The doorbell rings, and I go and answer the door, and here’s this kid who’s dating Gracie standing there,” he continued. “I’ve got a knife in my hand and a bloody apron on… It worked out really well!” Now that’s one way to scare off your daughter’s date!
The young guy was probably nervous enough without a blood-soaked, knife-brandishing Tim McGraw entering the equation. However, neither McGraw nor Hill have ever been inclined to stop their daughter from doing what she wants, so the boy needn’t have worried too much.
Hill told New Beauty, “It’s been one of the most difficult things for me as a mom – especially as a mom of all girls. You want to protect them. You want to make sure they aren’t disappointed.” She’s clearly still looking out for her three daughters.
However, she knew that that protection had to end somewhere. “There is a point you have to remember, ‘I was 19 once, and I remember the passion and the drive I had, and I just have to let them go and do it,’” she continued. “Sometimes, it’s better to let your children go through things on their own and let them experience it instead of saying, ‘Don’t do it this way, or you must do it this way.’”
Meanwhile, McGraw and Hill are set to start the second leg of their Soul 2 Soul II world tour in the spring of 2018. They are also celebrating the release of their first joint studio album together, entitled The Rest of Our Life.
“We’ve wanted to do a record for a long time together,” McGraw said on The Tonight Show. “We’ve been married 21 years. We’ve done a handful, but not quite as many songs as people think we’ve done together… So this time around, when we decided we were going to do a tour together, we thought, ‘We have to do an album together. It may be the only album we ever get to do together.’”
As for Gracie and her gobsmacked date? Despite the initial scare, it seems that the meeting between Gracie’s father and her potential boyfriend went well. However, he would do well to remember these words spoken by the country singing legend during an appearance on Ellen. “You don’t want to be mean, but when someone’s taking your daughter somewhere, you want to induce a healthy amount of respect – and fear,” he said. Yikes!