The Story Behind Garth Brooks’ Two Marriages

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photo: Trisha Yearwood Instagram

Garth Brooks married first wife Sandy Mahl in 1986 and married current wife Trisha Yearwood in 2005.

Garth Brook’s marriages span the last three decades starting with first wife Sandy Mahl and ending with current wife Trisha Yearwood.  Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are country music royalty and seemingly the perfect couple. The two are constantly quoted as saying how in love they are after 12 years of marriage. The history of their relationship contains another person however, Garth Brooks‘ first wife Sandy Mahl.

Brooks met Mahl at Oklahoma State when he was working as a bouncer in a college bar. The two became college sweethearts and married in 1986.

garth brooks and sandy mahl
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The first marriage to Sandy Mahl (Sandy Brooks) resulted in Brooks’ three daughters, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks (born 1992), August Anna Brooks (born 1994), and Allie Colleen Brooks (born 1996).  Garth Brooks three daughters are pictured below including Allie Brooks (left photo), August Anna (middle Photo) and Taylor Brooks (right photo):

Garth Brooks Kids
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During the marriage to Sandy Mahl, Brooks’ career took off and he became the megastar we know today.  While Brooks was getting started in Nashville, he also met fellow struggling musician Trisha Yearwood in 1987, 13 months after Brooks married Mahl.  “I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife.”  Brooks told Ellen DeGeneres.  Still, Brooks says he was committed to making his marriage to Sandy work and would try to do so for 14 more years.

Being married, it’s gotta be right. This is who you went to college with and you were married in front of God and your family and everybody.” Still, at the end of the day, “There comes that time where you’re looking at the rest of your life and going, ‘How do you want to live it?’” Brooks said.

However, life as a touring artist and his feelings for Yearwood took their toll on the marriage between Mahl and Brooks. In 2000 Brooks announced his “retirement” from country music and cited raising his daughters as the reason for the decision.  Garth Brooks divorced Sandy Mahl in 2001.

Garth Brooks

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As for Sandy Mahl today, she is reportedly single and has never remarried and is a successful businesswoman as well as Wildlife Rehabilitator (WHR Vice President & Co-Founder at Wild Heart Ranch in Foyil, Oklahoma).

According to the Rehabilitation Center’s site:

Sandy Brooks has been part of Wild Heart Ranch since shortly after she moved home from Nashville. A mother dog and her pups were dumped at Sandy’s gate and taken to Wild Heart Ranch for help. Sandy later called to check on them and found out they went to a wildlife rescue. Sandy, passionate about wildlife rehabilitation, jumped on board to get licensed by the State and assist with the work of raising hundreds of infant wild animals. Several years later, Sandy assisted in founding and funding the non profit so it could expand and grow and be a full time, all species, all situation facility.

Garth Brooks Current Wife (Trisha Yearwood)

Brooks started seeing Yearwood after the end of his first marriage and the couple were married in 2005.  Trisha Yearwood knew there was chemistry the very first time she ever sang with future husband Garth Brooks. “It felt like we’d sung together forever”, she has said about the first duet. Though married to his first wife at the time, Brooks helped Yearwood land her first record deal. In 1991 she hit it big with the hit song “She’s in Love with the Boy” and was the first female country music singer to sell 1 million copies of her debut album.  After many years of friendship, Brooks proposed to Yearwood on stage at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace before 7,000 cheering fans in 2005.

Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood
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With all three children finished with college, Garth says he’s never been happier. “I never knew it could be like this,” he says with a smile. “I never knew that every day you could feel like this.”

Today, Brooks and Yearwood are happier than ever as they tour together with record-breaking ticket sales. Watch them discuss and celebrate their “duets album” together in the video below!

On the Ellen Show, Garth discussed meeting Trisha in 1987 and how his relationship with Trisha evolved until their marriage in 2005.

Ellen Show Interview of Garth Brooks

Brooks finished a three-and-a-half year long world tour with Trisha Yearwood, this past December. The power country music couple’s tour sold more 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history and the biggest American tour in the world.

It is seldom that your see Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood apart.

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