Garth Brooks is the subject of A&Es upcoming two-part documentary “Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On”, chronicling his phenomenal rise to country music superstar.
Speaking with Us Weekly about the documentary, Brooks says he felt it was important that the people interviewed were honest and unfiltered.
“What really surprised me was Sandy, the girls’ mom. She was phenomenal,” Brooks, 57, said of his first wife, Sandy Mahl, whom he divorced in 2001 after 15 years of marriage.
“[I was] gone so much on the road [during our marriage], there were things I guess she was [trying to tell] me that I didn’t hear until this biography,” Brooks explained. “It’s rare you get to hear the other side. I just saw her and I think I hugged her harder than I ever have now that I know things that either I didn’t hear or that she didn’t say until now.”
Brooks also opens up about current wife Trisha Yearwood, recalling the instant connection he felt the first time they met.
“I had been married 13 months when I met her. When someone said, ‘What’d you think when I met her?’ I said, ‘I felt like I just met my wife,’ which is weird, right? But the girls’ mother and I were married in a church, in front of our families,” he said.
Brooks and Yearwood didn’t become involved until many years later, and he firmly believes that things unfold as they should. “If we’d gotten married then, either the career wouldn’t have been what it was in the ’90s or our marriage wouldn’t have lasted. So I have to believe that things happen when they happen. I feel very lucky right now where I’m at. So even if I did have regrets, I wouldn’t change anything in fear of changing where I’m at right now,” he added.
He also recalled having to reconnect with his young daughters after years on the road. “I got divorced, moved back to Oklahoma and left Nashville. I was living with three strange women that I did not know. They were 8, 6 and 4, and I was about to get a crash course in females,” he said.
“And [then] my best friend showed up,” he said of Yearwood. “It was good, she helped me out a lot. She didn’t have children either, so we were kind of the blind leading the blind. But I will say, I’d never wished divorce on anybody, but [for us,] three children and three parents worked really well, especially since the three girls were all tomboys. So they were all at soccer, track and field, softball and never ever did one of those kids take the field where at least one parent wasn’t in the stands.”
“Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On” premieres on Monday, Dec. 2.