Tim McGraw reflects on nearly 27 years of marriage to Faith Hill: ”It’s like 96 in show business’

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are one of just a handful of celebrity couples whose relationships have stood the test of time. In October the couple will celebrate 27 years of marriage.

McGraw recently spoke with ET Canada about the couple’s relationship and how they’ve been able to stay together for nearly three decades.

“I don’t know if there’s a key,” he admitted.

“We just made a commitment early on, when we first decided we were going to get married and have kids, that we wouldn’t just walk out the door when problems arose.”

McGraw and Hill first met at a gig in Nashville in 1994. Two years later they crossed paths again.

Although McGraw was single at the time, Hill was still engaged to Scott Hendriks. After the two shared an intimate moment behind stage, she broke off her engagement.

A few months after the couple started dating, McGraw, who was getting ready to play at a country music festival, asked Hill to marry him.

“And she said, ‘You’re asking me to marry you at a country music festival in a trailer house? And I said, ‘Well, it’s pretty apropos if you think about it.’ She goes, ‘Are you serious?’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah, I’m serious.”

While he had to rush off before getting an answer, when he returned to his trailer he read the note Hill had left him on his mirror, “Yes, I’m gonna be your wife.”

The two got married on October 6, 1996 at McGraw’s aunt’s house in Louisiana.

TIM McGRAW and wife FAITH HILL at 1999 Academy of Country Music Awards

The country singer said they also agreed early on in their relationship that they would raise their children to “be strong, independent and fierce and have their own minds and have their own opinions.”

“And sometimes I go, ‘Dang, do we want them to be that independent and strong?’ But yeah, we’re so proud of them.”

McGraw and Hill have three daughters together: Gracie, 26, Maggie, 25, and Audrey, 21.

Tim McGraw Faith Hill

Like every couple, they have their ups and downs, but McGraw says there’s not necessarily a “key” to their relationship’s success.

“We always say we’re 27 years coming up, it’s like 96 in show business,” he said. “It’s almost like dog years.”


Happy anniversary to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill! May you continue to celebrate many, many happy years together.