Top 5 Famous Country Couples
Maybe more than any other music genre, country music has seen some power couples in its past and present.
From Johnny Cash and June Carter to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, country’s power couples of yesterday and today have made headlines and memorable music together, leaving lasting impressions on the genre and society in general.
Some of the unions have been tumultuous. Some have lasted quietly for decades. Here are five of country music’s most powerful couples.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
It took a while for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood to get together. Their marriage in 2005 was the second for Brooks and the third for Yearwood. Brooks told Ellen during an appearance on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ that he first met Trisha in 1987, 13 months after marrying his college sweetheart, Sandy Mahl. He said that he instantly go that feeling “like when you just meet your wife.” But he was committed to making his marriage work. He and Sandy were divorced in 2000 and he started dating Yearwood shortly after. Both successful artists in their own rights, the couple’s net worth was estimated at $190 million in 2013. After a long layoff, the couple recently teamed up for “The Call,” Brooks’ first single since 2008.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Blake and Miranda famously fell in love on stage in 2005 (despite the fact Shelton was still married.) Each other’s best friends, Shelton once told Redbook magazine, “We accept and understand each other. Miranda would never want to tame me into being someone that I’m not, and I would never try to do that to her.”They were married in 2011, and although they’ve fended off baby and divorce rumors since then, they sure looked happy at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Plus, the couple’s net worth was $38 million in 2013. That helps, right?
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
At 17 years, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been married for a long time in celebrity terms. Tim says it’s Faith’s Southern charm that he loves most about her. “I think the thing about Faith that’s so southern and reminds me so much of how I grew up and how comfortable we are together, is just her genuine soul, you know, and how nice she is and caring she is about people,” the star says of his wife. Despite their longevity and apparent happiness, the couple, parents to three daughters, has also recently dismissed divorce rumors while amassing a net worth of $145 million in 2013.
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George Jones and Tammy Wynette
This was perhaps the stormiest relationship in our list. George Jones and Tammy Wynette were married in 1969 and divorced in 1976, but not before recording hits together including “Golden Ring,” “We’re Gonna Hold On,” and “Let’s Build A World Together,” while earning the title of “Mr. and Mrs. Country Music.” The relationship was marked with alcoholism and allegations of abuse. One common misconception is that Wynette recorded ‘Stand By Your Man’ because of her relationship with Jones. In reality, she released that song before the two got together. Somehow, though, it became an anthem for their relationship. Wynette passed away in 1998. Jones died in 2013.
Johnny Cash and June Carter
Johnny Cash and June Carter were married for 35 years. Their early relationship was most recently depicted in the 2005 “Walk the Line.” June was Cash’s second wife and was largely credited for helping her husband end his drug addiction. In 1971, the couple won a Grammy for their duet “If I Were a Carpenter.” A new movie, out this year, called ‘Ring of Fire‘ has singer Jewel playing the part of June Carter Cash and is promoted to be ‘June’s side of the story.’ Carter and Cash both passed away in 2003.