If you’re like me and follow country music star Tim McGraw you probably noticed how much he’s changed over the years. Well, he’s crediting his wife Faith Hill for that change.
In his new book “Grit & Grace” (out now!) Tim describes how he was in a dark place after the death of his father, pro baseball player Tug McGraw, and a battle with his record label.
“I wasn’t comfortable sitting back, watching and waiting in stillness,” writes McGraw. “In hindsight, I think it’s because if things got quiet, I’d hear the old ghosts that tend to follow at my heels like shadows. The ones that say, You’re just a small-town country singer on a lucky streak — what do you know about success? Working hard and playing hard kept things noisy enough inside to drown them out.”
He continues: “But when you’re a partner and a parent, if you don’t leave intensity at the door when you come home, it starts to strain the bonds. You don’t even realize you’re using worldly stresses and pressures as a way to check out of something harder to navigate — like intimacy and being there emotionally for the people who love you most.”
Faith, while still being a supportive wife gave Tim an ultimatum that would change his life.
“My emotional absence was noticed and it was not scoring any points,” he writes. “[Faith] has always offered unconditional love in every situation and never for a second have I doubted her willingness to support whatever step I needed to take to find my way back to health. Yet in that instance, she knew that someone had to lay down the law. Getting real like only she can do, Faith told me, ‘Partying or family, take your pick.’”
The ultimatum scared the singer enough to change his ways. He started exercising daily and stopped drinking ….