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Trisha Yearwood explained why her 15-year long marriage to Garth Brooks “can be difficult” at times.
“We’re both very independent people who run our own ships,” she said.
Over the last year, they’ve taken time to work through tension and are “better now than ever.”
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks may seem to be country music’s strongest couple, but the “Walkaway Joe” singer isn’t afraid to admit that sometimes, that isn’t the case. In a new interview with Us Weekly, she said their 15-year marriage “can be difficult” at times, mostly because they’re both strong-minded, leading individuals.
“We’re both very independent people who run our own ships. And sometimes when two people are driving two big ships, it can be difficult,” she said. That became especially true when the world stopped and concert tours were cancelled at the onset of the pandemic. Even though they were previously together often, the sudden lack of work was definitely an adjustment for them both.
“It wasn’t a huge change, but it was enough that there was really nowhere to go,” Yearwood explained. “I think it was kind of navigating; how do we stay alphas, stay independent, do our own thing, feel like we run our own lives, but be a couple. It’s a balance where sometimes one person is running the ship and sometimes the other person is, and sometimes you’re going to butt heads.”
Both musicians have previously experienced divorce—Brooks was married to songwriter Sandy Mahl with whom he had three daughters, and Yearwood was wife to both Christopher Latham and Robert Reynolds before 1999, per Us— so they’re no strangers to tension. The difference this time around is that they’re willing to work through it.
“I was always the person in relationships when things got difficult; I was really happy to just bail. I was good at that,” Yearwood told Us. “So in this situation, that’s not an option because this is the love of my life, you know? So you sit down, and you talk it through and, and that gets you better when you get to the other side.”
Since tying the knot in 2005, Yearwood says they’re “better now than ever,” and that’s probably because they took advantage of the last year’s alone time to discuss their marriage’s biggest pain points, which Brooks explained in March on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“I think 99.9% of the people wouldn’t have done what I do, but I thought since we’re here and we ain’t got nowhere to go, let’s just attack some of the hardest things over the 15 years that bugs one of us,” he said. “It was like living in a little house [where] you couldn’t go anywhere, so you couldn’t walk away from the conversation.”
Whatever works to keep these legends together, we’re here for it.
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