11 Reasons Why Johnny and June Are #RelationshipGoals
One day, Johnny Cash met June Carter; the rest is history. The story of country music’s most storied couple is truly one of the greatest love stories of the South. Perhaps, of all time. Johnny’s on-the-spot proposal to June in 1968, to the lyric love letters he wrote throughout their relationship, and the way the couple relied on each other for strength are only a few of the reasons why we envy, adore, and long for the likes of, Cash and Carter’s marriage.
Elvis Presley Was Their Matchmaker
“I first heard of [Johnny Cash] through Elvis Presley. Elvis would make me go into these little cafés and listen to John [on the jukebox] when we played in the South–in the Carolinas and all down through Florida and Georgia. Then, one night backstage at the Opry, this man walked up to me and said, ‘I want to meet you, I’m Johnny Cash.’ And I said, ‘Well I oughta know who you are. Elvis can’t even tune his guitar unless he goes, 'Everybody knows where you go when the sun goes down.'” -June Carter Cash
Love Made Their Work Even Better
Few country music duos can match the combination of Johnny’s deep voice and June’s folksy tremor – but they collaborated in more than just vocals. Falling in love with Johnny inspired June to write “Ring of Fire.” Johnny recorded it, and the rest is history.
“I realized that oh my Lord! I think I’m falling in love with Johnny Cash, and this is the most painful thing I’ve ever gone through in my life. It is like I’m in a ring of fire, and I’m never coming out. I’m going down, down to the bottom of this thing. It’s going to kill me, because I would never have the nerve to tell him, nor do I want to tell him, nor do I want anybody to even know I’ve got these feelings." -June Carter Cash
Johnny Worked to Win June Over
Everyone knows their famous proposal story, when Johnny turned to June during a live show in 1968 and, in front of 7,000 fans, asked her to marry him. Under that kind of pressure, June said finally yes - but Johnny had to ask several times before she finally agreed.
June Saw the Good in Johnny
“He’s just like my father that way-my father just adored my mother and let her do whatever she wanted. John’s like that. He’s a very rare man, a very good man, and I’ve had a good life with him. I’m proud to be walking in the wake of Johnny’s fame.” -June Carter Cash
And Johnny Adored June. Period.
"She's the greatest woman I have ever known. Nobody else, except my mother, comes close.” -Johnny Cash
Love Was A Priority
This to-do list Johnny wrote pretty much sums it up.
They Wrote Love Letters
The candid and beautiful letters between Johnny and June speak for themselves:"Happy Birthday Princess. We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much. Happy Birthday Princess. John"
It Was Unconditional Love
“There’s unconditional love there. You hear that phrase a lot but it’s real with me and her. She loves me in spite of everything, in spite of myself. She has saved my life more than once. She’s always been there with her love, and it has certainly made me forget the pain for a long time, many times. When it gets dark and everybody’s gone home and the lights are turned off, it’s just me and her.” -Johnny Cash
Life Was About Loving
“I was never looking back in regret. I never thought, Oh, why didn’t I become an actress? or Why did I just go paddling along after John? I’ve always walked along right by his side, and he’s always supported everything I do.” -June Carter Cash
Their Marriage Set an Example for Their Children
“If being a wife were a corporation, June would have been a CEO. It was her most treasured role." -Rosanne Cash
They Even Found Love in the Little Things
“This morning, with her, having coffee.” -Johnny Cash, on his definition of paradise