Garth Brooks Talks About Decision to be a Full-Time Dad

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15 years ago, Garth Brooks "retired" from country music.

It is very well-known that Garth Brooks decided to take a break from a wildly successful career in country music to be a full-time dad back in 2000. Now, 15 years later, he is back full force and selling out arenas.

So what made him change his mind about retirement?

His daughters, Taylor, August and Allie, have all entered college and Brooks didn’t like the idea of being an empty-nester.

“Three to two wasn’t that different. You notice the empty bed. I tucked my babies in at night all the way to college. That’s my favorite part of my day. Two to one the house went to a morgue and I thought, I don’t want to be here when the last one is gone. I won’t be able to handle it. She went to college in August, we went on tour in September. The house is empty because none of us are there. This is better than sitting in an empty house!”

After all the success Brooks has enjoyed, both before and after retirement, the singer says being at home with his kids was the greatest gift he has ever received.

“The first eight years of my oldest girl’s life I wasn’t home. I wasn’t the guy. That was tough. I remember sitting across from my three daughters and I didn’t know them. I’m staring at strangers. You roll up your sleeves and find out who those kids are,” said Brooks.

Brooks puts it in perspective as a proud parent as he remembers his daughter’s sports games.

“I’ve got to tell you, that first soccer game that you go to as a dad is the greatest moment of my life,” Brooks told The Boot.

“And to think of a chance of missing that would just break my heart. The truth is, you know entertainment industries: They were ready to throw me out anyway, so I thought I’d leave before they tossed me out,” Brooks jokingly adds.

“It was a good time to take a real good look at life, because my former 10 years had not been a real life event. That decade of the ’90s was crazy. And being the life of a guy out on the road is not a real life, so this was good to get back to as close to real life as you could get being an artist.”

Like most parents, Brooks admits that the children raised him just as much as he did them.

“It’s been better for me than the children. Better for me than anyone else. The greatest gift I have ever received in my life from God and the people was the chance to go home and raise my kids. To afford to do that,” Brooks continued.

Brooks is now back in full spring as a country music superstar. His record-breaking world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood continues and Brooks is feeling luckier than ever.

“The second greatest gift from God and the people is the chance to do it again. The babies are in college. Trying to get the oldest out of college… She’s way too comfy in college…”

Catch Brooks and Yearwood on tour below!
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