Country music artist Trace Adkins has lived a very eventful life. The rough and tumble crooner has survived multiple injuries, two divorces, and alcohol addiction. Yet, somehow, he has come out on top. He and his wife Rhonda celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary this past May.
Prior to meeting Rhonda, Trace Adkins had been twice married and divorced. His first wife, Barbara Lewis, was Trace’s high school sweetheart. They married and had two daughters, Tarah and Sarah. Their marriage ended after only 4 years. In 1991, Trace married again. His second bride was Julie Curtis. Their union ended in 1994 after she accidentally shot Trace during an argument. His injuries left him fighting for his life. He spent many months hospitalized after numerous surgeries but did not file charges.
Meeting The Love of His Life
Rhonda Forlaw first spotted Trace Adkins while he was playing in a club. During an interview with PEOPLE, she claimed, “The first time I saw him, I knew he was going to be a star.” At the time Rhonda worked as a publicity manager at Arista Records. Through her connections, she helped Trace land a deal with Capitol Nashville. In 1996, Trace released his debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud, establishing him as a rising star.
Trace managed to propose to Rhonda during his first performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. The audience was given a special treat when he got down on his knee and popped the question. Rhonda accepted his proposal on stage in front of thousands of Opry fans. Trace’s grand proposal was followed by a lavish Nashville wedding.
Their Life Together
Trace Adkins married Rhonda Forlaw on May 11, 1997. The couple exchanged vows at Nashville’s beautiful historic Belle Meade Mansion before more than 500 guests. Following the exchange of wedding rings, Trace serenaded Rhonda with a song he wrote with Kenny Beard, “The Rest of Mine”. The event was described as fairytale-like. And, as in all good fairy tales, their story has had it’s challenges. In a statement issued in an interview with CMT, the couple announced their decision to divorce. Rhonda filed for divorce on March 26, 2014 siting irreconcilable differences. She also filed for primary custody of their three daughters – Mackenzie, Brianna, and Trinity. At the time, the couple had been married for 16 years.
In June of 2015, Rhonda decided to dismissed her divorce petition and the couple remains married. There’s no doubt they’ve required privacy to allow them the time to work on their marriage. Thankfully they’re still together and moving forward. We wish them the best! Check out some family photos below…
Brianna, Rhonda, and Trinity at Disney!
Mackenzie turns the big 2-0!
Mackenzie, Brianna, and Trinity checking out Mom’s hometown!
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