Country Music Couples Married the Longest
CHRIS & HILLARY
Like Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum is a hotbed of romance. However, Tyrrell and Scott’s relationship goes back much further than either of their relationships with the band. They met in college, but the sparks didn’t really fly until 2010, when both of their bands opened for Tim McGraw on tour. After this reconnection, they started dating, and two years after that, took their relationship to the next level – Tyrell joined Lady A full-time as their drummer. The mix of work and play hasn’t hurt them yet: the couple married in 2012, welcomed their first child shortly after and are currently expecting twins.
Carrie and Mike: 6 Years
Though their schedules are crazy — Underwood jets around the world for concerts and awards shows while Fisher is the captain of the Nashville Predators hockey team — the two make their marriage their No. 1 priority. “I feel like Mike and I treat it like a partnership, which is a really good thing for both of us,” she told PEOPLE. “I’m not the maid and I’m not the cook, you know what I mean? I do those things when I do them because I like to and I want to. You just figure out your roles and the things that each of you do better, and you give and take.”
Charles and Cassie: 7 Years
Married since 2009, the Lady Antebellum musician Kelley and his wife faced a tough road, struggling with fertility issues once they decided they were ready for kids. But a happy announcement in February – they had a baby boy! – made the couple realize how resilient they'd become. "I pray that you and your partner will remain strong and united in your marriage and be thankful for the road that you are traveling and the lessons learned, even when it's really hard," Cassie blogged.
Eric and Katherine: 9 Years
"She was trying to hook me up to write with one of her writers that she represented, that was how we met," Church told TasteofCountry.com of his publisher wife. "It's great now, because being a publisher and being somebody in the industry, I can bounce songs off of her and she has the knowledge, you know, to be kind of that sounding board of what I should cut and what I shouldn't cut. So, she's one of those in the inner circle that I run a lot of stuff by."
Luke and Caroline: 10 Years
"We talk a lot, and as long as we stay on the same page and change together, I don't have trouble sleeping," Bryan's wife Boyer told PEOPLE. Plus, "we're aware of the importance of being affectionate," Bryan added. "We want [our kids] to know Mom and Dad are happy, and that's what a marriage should be."
Keith and Nicole: 10 Years
In 2006, Urban shocked his bride of four months by entering rehab for alcohol addiction, but Kidman stood by her man. "To see that kind of love … that's very moving and deeply inspiring," said the now-sober singer, who has two young daughters with Kidman, Sunday and Faith.
Jimi and Karen: 11 Years
"I think there was always something underlying there that we were trying to ignore," Westbrook told Great American Country of falling for Little Big Town bandmate Fairchild. "Then when the opportunity came, when all of us ended up single at the same time, those feelings, you were able to come out with them finally. It was like, 'We're single. Let's get together.' She has a beautiful heart and she's absolutely gorgeous and I just love her dearly."
Dierks and Cassidy: 11 Years
"My wife, I always felt, has been very wise and has dragged me along, getting me to this spot of manhood," Bentley told Esquire in 2014. Though it was welcoming three children together that definitely woke the pair up to adulthood: "I thought I was a man until I had kids, and then I realized that my real life had just begun. It tears away the person you were before, builds you up to become the person you have to become."
Garth and Trisha: 11 Years
Though Brooks proposed to Yearwood before 7,000 fans, the stars live a relatively private life in small-town Oklahoma near his three daughters from his first marriage. Of their 2005 wedding, "we married the girls," explained Yearwood, which is why the five of them celebrate the wedding anniversary as a family every year.
Brad and Kimberly: 14 Years
Natalie and Adrian: 16 Years
Married to the Dixie Chicks' Maines since 2000, actor Pasdar admitted he and his wife, parents to sons Slade and Beckett, are "a little different than your average couple." Then again, not so different. "You have to deal with the same things [as other families], like raising two children [and] getting them to school on time, homework and dinner."
Darius and Beth: 16 Years
Married since 2000, Rucker and wife Beth are in it for the long haul – but that doesn't mean their relationship is effortless. "Marriage is not easy," he told The Boot. "You have to decide to work. That's what it really comes down to, two people deciding to stay together or not." Raising three kids together while the "Southern Style" singer tours can take its toll, but Rucker "works hard to let my wife know how much I love her. I try to do that every day."
Vince and Amy: 17 Years
Keifer and Shawna: 18 Years
Baby boy recently made three for this long-lasting couple, who are partners in both life and music with their namesake act, Thompson Square. "We've been together for a long time and we've done a lot of things, and we just really felt there was something missing," they told PEOPLE when announcing their pregnancy in August 2015. "We love what we do, we love the music business, but we didn’t want to deprive ourselves of having a family."
Tim and Faith: 20 Years
Since saying "I do" in 1996, McGraw and Hill have not been apart for more than three consecutive days. Hill, who has three daughters with McGraw, told Redbook, "Our marriage is the most important thing to us. We respect what we have and understand how we need to feed it."
Clint and Lisa: 25 Years
Though the Blacks have been together forever by celebrity standards, there's still a serious spark between the pair, Clint told PEOPLE. "As soon as she opens her mouth and starts singing it does something to me," he shared. "I know the wonderful person behind that voice so it becomes a great big joy for me."