Tim McGraw recalls dark moment with alcohol— and how wife Faith Hill helped his sobriety

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Tim McGraw is looking back on how his wife, Faith Hill, got him through one of his darkest moments.

The country music star, who has been sober since 2008, reflected on the time he knew he needed to get sober and shared how Hill helped him through it, in an Esquire interview published Wednesday.

"I remember a moment when I was getting out of bed and going to the liquor cabinet and taking a big shot at 8 in the morning and thinking, 'I have to wake the kids up,' " McGraw said, referring to his daughters Gracie, Maggie and Audrey, now 24, 23 and 19, respectively.

"I went straight to my wife and said, 'This is where I'm at.' I was scared."

McGraw recalled how in response, Hill "just grabbed me and hugged me and that changed my life," adding that this moment showed him that "love could feel so good."

"Was it an emotion? Was it a lifestyle? Was it an imaginary thing? But love is all of those things," he said, acknowledging that love is also "being angry" or "not talking for a day."

"Love is getting in each other’s face. Love is accepting that I’m wrong. Love is a 360 degree thing. It’s not linear."

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McGraw and Hill first met backstage at the 1994 CRS New Faces show before going on McGraw's tour together in 1996, according to Country Music Television. The pair tied the knot shortly after in October 1996.

In 2019, the country crooner opened up about focusing more on his health after gettingsober. He began working out twice a day and sticking to a strict diet which resulted in him losing 40 pounds.

"I’ve gone through a physical transformation in the last 10 years, but it’s not just my appearance that has changed,” McGraw told People at the time. "My mind is clearer, my sense of purpose is sharper, and my relationships are deeper. Consistent physical exercise helps me bring focus to my life and to the people who mean the most to me."

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Contributing: Rasha Ali

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tim McGraw reveals how wife Faith Hill helped him get sober