It all began when McGraw and Hill first locked eyes in 1994 when they attended a Country Radio Seminar showcase in Nashville, Tenn. At the time, they were both already in respective relationships, so they did not pursue each other romantically at first. McGraw was with Kristine Donahue, while Hill was engaged to Scott Hendricks.
Fate would take a turn later when McGraw and Hill would cross paths, all thanks to music. In 1996, Hill served as an opening act on McGraw’s Spontaneous Combustion tour. Sparks flew fast as the lovebirds shared a deep connection. After parting ways with their respective partners, they wed that same year on October 6 and even surprised those closest to them by inviting friends and family to a pretend softball game and concert in Louisiana.
But, it took some persistence before McGraw got Hill to agree to the marriage. On a previous episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, McGraw revealed that he asked Hill to marry him several times before she finally said ‘Yes.’
McGraw didn’t need to bring out the bells and whistles to get Hill to become his bride, though. The day they became engaged was pretty simple. McGraw asked for Hill’s hand in marriage while on tour. Before taking the stage at a country music festival, he proposed to Hill in a trailer used as a makeshift dressing room.
“We were playing, I wanna say it was Montana, it was somewhere in the middle of nowhere. We had this big festival, and we had been touring together for a little while,” McGraw once told Jimmy Fallon. “I had like my mirror and my road case and everything set up, and I asked Faith – and this was right before I went on stage – I said, ‘You know, I want you to be my wife.’”
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“She goes, ‘Well, you’ve asked me that several times,’” he continued. “This time, I’m serious. We’re in a trailer, and she goes, ‘You’re asking me to marry you at a country music festival in a trailer?’ And I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I am. You’re from Mississippi. I’m from Louisiana. It seems pretty appropriate.’ And, then when I came back offstage, she had written in lipstick, ‘Yes, I’m gonna be your wife.’ I still have the mirror.”
It’s a good thing Hill said ‘Yes’ to McGraw as fans have been able to watch the pair’s adorable romance blossom right in front of their eyes!
Since tying the knot, McGraw and Hill have managed to find success in both their personal and professional lives as the parents to three beautiful daughters and as major country music superstars. To celebrate Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s decades-long marriage, Music Mayhem is sharing 5 fun facts about the couple that fans may or may not know.
Check out 5 fun facts about Tim McGraw and Faith Hill below:
They Recently Acted Together For The First Time
It may come as a surprise to find out that McGraw and Hill have not delved into acting together until recently. Despite McGraw having starred in many movies over the years, and Hill, having a role in The Stepford Wives, the pair didn’t make an acting debut together until the Yellowstone prequel, 1883, came calling. In the limited series, McGraw plays the role of James Dutton while Hill plays his wife Margaret Dutton.
They Share Three Kids Together
The husband-wife duo became first-time parents on May 5, 1997, when they welcomed their eldest daughter Gracie into the world. Daughters Maggie and Aubrey followed shortly after with Maggie being born in 1998 and Aubrey rounding out the family of five in 2001.
They Have Collaborated On 11 Songs Together
McGraw and Hill have managed to find plenty of success as solo artists. Between the two, they’ve racked up a total of 37 Grammy nominations. But even more so, the power couple have charted several duets. According to the Outsider, McGraw and Hill share 11 duets. They include, “It’s Your Love,” “Like We Never Loved At All,” “I Need You,” “Let’s Make Love,” “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” “Speak to a Girl,” “Keep Your Eyes on Me,” “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me,” “Angry All the Time,” “The Rest of Your Life” and “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me.” Whew! Not to mention, they’ve nabbed not one but two Grammy Awards for their musical collaborations: in 2000 for “Let’s Make Love” and in 2005 for “Like We’ve Never.”
They Have Toured Together More Than Once
Touring may have been what brought the pair together. But the Spontaneous Combustion tour only saw McGraw as a headliner. The happily married couple ended up joining forces later on in 2000 for their co-headlining Soul2Soul tour. They hit the road again in 2006-2007 for their Soul2Soul II Tour, which became the highest-grossing country tour of all time. The pair later ventured out again in 2017 for their Soul2Soul: The World Tour.
They Have Strikingly Similar Backstories
What’s even more special about McGraw and Hill’s romance is they both have paralleled childhoods. McGraw and Hill were brought up in different states, but if looking at a map, they grew up less than two hours away from each other. The hitmaker spent his childhood in Delhi, LA, while Hill was raised in Ridgeland, MS. And if the similarities in sharing a passion for country music weren’t enough, they even have similar backstories. McGraw grew up without knowing his father, pro baseball star Tug McGraw. It wasn’t until later on in life that the pair developed a close relationship before the elder McGraw passed away in 2004 from cancer. Hill, meanwhile, was adopted as a child by loving parents Ted and Edna Perry. She always had a strong desire to reconnect with her biological parents, which she did. In the process, she ended up learning she had a brother named Zachary White.