Country legend Garth Brooks was the greatest country music artist of the 1990s, so he was constantly on the road, far from his wife Sandy Mahl and his three daughters, Taylor, August and Allie. But, when he took a break from the industry in 2001, he returned to Oklahoma and ended up getting a divorce. In A & E’s new documentary The Road I’m On, Brooks says he realized on his return home that he did not know his daughters at all.
“I just said goodbye to music, got divorced, went back to Oklahoma and left Nashville,” he said in a recent question-and-answer session in New York. . “I lived with three strange women that I did not know. They were 8, 6 and 4. And I was about to take an intensive course in women. And my best friend has arrived. “
Brooks’ best friend is his second wife, Trisha Yearwood, whom he met in the late 1980s and married in 2005. The 57-year-old said Yearwood had helped her a lot, but she had no children. it was therefore “a kind of blind leading the blind.”
The Country Music Hall of Famer told Us Weekly that he would never wish to divorce. However, in her situation with Yearwood and Mahl, having three children and three parents worked “very well”.
It was even better, said Brooks, because his three daughters were missing boys. That meant they were all in football, athletics and softball. And never did one of her daughters take the field without at least one parent in the stands.
“I like music to die for, really. But nothing is more beautiful than loving your babies, “said the singer of Friends In Low Places.
When Brooks met Yearwood in 1988 – just 13 months after marrying Mahl – he said he felt like he had just met his wife. But, he says, if he had already married Yearwood at the time, his career would not have been what it was in the 1990s and the marriage would not have lasted.
Now, Taylor is 27, August 25, and Allie, 23. Brooks says he would not change his life and he does not regret anything because if he changed anything, his daughters would not be what they are today. He says they are the perfect mix of him and their mother, with the influence of Yearwood.
The two-part documentary, The Road I’m On, is now airing on Hulu.