Since falling in love in the 2000s, country superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have gone on to become household names, but their initial relationship wasn’t a romantic one. In fact, the two were both married to other people when they first met as songwriters in 1987, according to Closer Weekly. “It’s strange, because I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife, but I’d been married for 13 months,” Brooks would later divulge during a 2013 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” proving that sometimes when you know, you know.
But at the time, the “Thunder Rolls” singer was committed to making his marriage to then-wife Sandy Mahl work. “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,” he said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
For Yearwood — who was married to Christopher Latham from 1986-1991 and Robert Reynolds from 1994-1999 — it was more of a realization that things with her current partners weren’t working out because she’d never grounded a relationship in friendship … until Brooks. “This is what was meant to be,” Yearwood told Closer Weekly after marrying Brooks, adding, “We hike, we cook, we just like to be together, and I was never that girl. I was always, ‘Hmmm, no offense, but I don’t need to hang with anybody.'”