Garth Brooks reveals what led him to make this mind-blowing offer Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

Garth Brooks never does anything halfway, so you shouldn’t be surprised to hear about his big act of generosity with a couple during one of his shows in Los Angeles back in July.

Garth noticed parents-to-be Wesley and Katy Hansen holding up a sign in the crowd saying they had the test results from their latest ulstrasound. They wanted Garth to open the envelope to reveal whether they were having a boy or a girl.

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Garth obliged, and revealed the couple is having a baby girl, who they plan to name Brooks. The moment was so intense, Garth offered to pay for the baby’s college education if he was still alive when she went off to school.

That sounds like something Garth would do, but we had to ask him what he was thinking making that big commitment?

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Garth tells Rare Country, “As my wife would clearly tell you, nothing is going on in my mind. She goes, ‘What were you thinking?’ I said, ‘I don’t even know.’ I just knew [that] all of a sudden that we had a child that was named Brooks, boy or girl. And for me, the most important thing for our kids was education. So, we need to make sure that kid is educated.”

Garth knows Wesley and Katy had probably already started making arrangements for little Brooks’ education, but he wanted to make sure to pitch in since the baby will be carrying his name.

Says Garth, “I’m not going to try and get too serious on a soap box — [but] all the world’s problems could be solved with education, education, education. So, that’s the main thing for our youth. Let’s make sure they get educated.”


That interaction is up for Fan Moment of the Year at this year’s Rare Country Awards. Garth is also up Tour of the Year for his current “World Tour” with wife Trisha Yearwood.

It’s now up to you to decide the winners and cast your votes at Voting begins Nov. 13 and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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