Garth Brooks divorced his first wife after 15 years together. When he moved on with Trisha Yearwood, he seems to have done a few things differently and the two have been happily married for over 13 years now. It seems, this one is going to last, especially since Trisha was twice-married before.
Divorce finalized in December 2001
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Garth and his college sweetheart
Garth met his first wife Sandy Mahl at Oklahoma State University in the early 80s. The two married in 1986, a few years before Garth released his first album and became a country music superstar.
The couple had three daughters, whilst Garth built one of country music’s most successful careers. We don’t know very much about their marriage, but the couple separated in 1999. Garth had previously hinted that not all was well in his marriage and there was no longer any happiness in the relationship. Curiously he mentioned that one had to re-examine one’s relationship if there was no longer respect for one’s partner.
And if that respect could not be restored, then perhaps one was better off as friends.
Whilst mutual respect is certainly an aspect of a romantic relationship, there is more to it than that. Clearly, whatever was left between Sandy and Garth was not enough to salvage the marriage. Indeed, Garth had taken a break from touring to take more time for his family. He managed to become a better father and get closer to his daughter, but apparently, the rift between him and his wife widened. So, they separated and in 2000 they filed for divorce, which was finalized by the end of 2001. And it was expensive. Sandy reportedly received $125 million from Garth
Trisha’s two previous marriages
Between 1987 and 1991 Trisha was married to musician Chris Latham. The marriage was clearly relative short-lived and remained without children.
In 1994, then, she married Robert Reynolds, bass player for The Mavericks. That marriage lasted slightly longer but was divorced in 1999, the same year Garth and Sandy separated.
Made for each other?
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have known each other for many years. When they first met, they were each still married. And considering how quickly the two began dating once they were both free, it stands to reason that their connection played a role in their respective divorces.
Garth once admitted that he had felt as if he had just met his wife when he first met Trisha. At the time he had only been married to Sandy for 13 months.
Apparently, the feeling was mutual. Both of Trisha’s marriages were comparatively short-lived and her marriage of ten years to Garth is certainly her longest. It will hopefully also be her last one.
Making it work
The two married in 2005 at their home in Oklahoma. It’s interesting to note that they lived in Oklahoma. Whilst both have their work in Nashville, they moved to Oklahoma after Garth’s divorce, because his ex-wife had moved there with their three daughters. Garth wanted to be close to his girls and made a deal with Trisha that they could move back to Tennessee once all girls were done with high school.
Since Trisha loved the girls as if they were her own, she agreed.
Garth is a man of his word, though, and in 2014, when his youngest daughter was about to graduate from high school, he put their home in Oklahoma on the market. He also retired from his tour retirement. With his daughters now needing him around much less, he decided to go on tour once more, which he had stopped doing around the time of his divorce.
Trisha has accompanied him as much as possible and occasionally shared the stage with him. The two are considered country music’s biggest power couple and given that quite a few country music couples split up last year, everyone is looking to them and their stable relationship.
Trisha divulged that their success is in supporting each other and also in compromising. It seems they can both be there for each other without their egos getting in the way. As long as that remains the case, the two will grow old together without any issues.
Looking at their history, one is inclined to believe that they were always meant to end up together anyway, but perhaps they wouldn’t be as successful in their marriage now if they hadn’t been able to fail in their previous marriages.