Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood reveal the moment they knew they were meant for each other Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Garth Brooks, left, and Trisha Yearwood perform at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood can tell you from experience that timing is everything when it comes to love.

The two of them first met in the late ’80s when they were both working to launch their music careers in Nashville. The attraction was instantaneous for both of them.

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Garth tells “Parade,” “When you meet someone, you know. The problem was [when I first met her] I had been married for over a year. And that couldn’t have been wrong because you’re married in front of your family and God. You think, there must be some feeling that isn’t right. Over the years you just keep going.”

Since they couldn’t be together, Garth and Trisha remained friends for many years. That all changed when Garth’s marriage to his wife, Sandy, ended in 2000. A few years later, Garth and Trisha’s friendship grew into love.

Garth continues, “It was pretty cool to start dating and get to know who I thought she was. I found everything I would want her to be, she was. And then the things I didn’t know about her were even better than what I had hoped. That was very sweet. I just want to be wherever she’s at. I love breathing the same air she’s breathing.”

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Trisha agrees she was taken with Garth from the moment they met.


When asked when she knew Garth was “the one,” Trisha tells “Parade,” “It was probably the minute I met him, even though I didn’t know it at the time. I just think we’re meant to be. It will be 11 years this December that we have been married. But we’ve known each other for 27 years. We have a friendship that’s a great base for all of it.”

The secret to Garth and Trisha’s thriving love affair is their promise not to be apart from each other. That meant Trisha had to make some changes when they tied the knot in 2005.


She explains, “Garth was retired but I wasn’t. So when I moved to Oklahoma I cut my tour dates way down. Then I eventually didn’t tour. That’s how my cookbook began. It was something to do creatively that I could do at home, never dreaming it would turn into all this other stuff.”

Trisha says she and Garth are now together about 99 percent of the time.

You can catch them on their ongoing World Tour with dates coming up in San Antonio, Texas and Bossier City, Louisiana this month.

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