“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.”
After his 15-year marriage to his first wife and mother of his three daughters, Sandy Mahl, fell apart and ended with divorce in 2000, Brooks found himself free to build a relationship with Trisha.
When Parade then asked Trisha about her feelings during their first encounter and their eventual union, she quipped “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.”
Garth added, “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.”
So how does the power couple make togetherness happen? Trisha revealed, “We made a conscious effort when we got married not to be apart. 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…99 percent of the time we’re together. We don’t spend very many nights apart.”
“I just want to be wherever she’s at. I love breathing the same air she’s breathing,” Brooks candidly confessed.
These two have done a lot to make it work over the years. Kudos to them and we wish them many more years— and world tours— together!