It isn't always easy to make a marriage work in the spotlight.
Because of just that, this summer has seen a lot of celebrity break-ups, including a few from the country music genre.
Even though the announcement of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's divorce shocked everyone, and Reba McEntire's split after 26 years of marriage came as a huge surprise, country fans still have hope for true love, thanks to singers like Keith Urban and Brad Paisley.
Couples who are in the public eye and have high profile jobs obviously experience more stress than the average couple. Dr. Ann Wexler, a licensed psychologist, said in an interview that, "People in the public eye are under intense pressure...everyone's watching them, and you can't have a bad moment privately. Everybody's counting on you to make it work -- and maybe a lot of people are hoping that you won't make it work. It's just a tremendous amount of pressure, much more than most people experience."
Some make it work and some don't, but here a five of our favorite country music marriages:
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Keith Urban's marriage to Nicole Kidman is definitely high-profile, with both of their careers making them in the spotlight. He sat down with Xpose.com and said, "Someone said one time, 'If your marriage isn't your priority, you're not married,' and I thought, for me that's so true. So as long as I keep her as a priority, everything else sort of seems to work. and when I don't keep it as a priority, it's...Jenga." The two have been married since 2006.
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Brad Paisley and his actress wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley seem to be more and more in love every time we see them, Married since 2003, Kimberly said they knew, "the odds [were] against us because we're both in entertainment." She knows it's rare for couples to succeed so they armed themselves with as many strategies they could think of. They work out their fights as soon as they can, and don't hold grudges. Brad says he has been trained to say is a simple phrase, "I'm sorry. You're right. And I love you."
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Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer were college sweethearts; they met in a local bar and have been inseparable ever since! Their key to happiness? Spending as much alone time together as possible. "We have our coffee in the morning, just Caroline and me," Luke told Good Housekeeping. Anytime they have just, "30 minutes to talk...it's my favorite time of the day; it's just great." They also love romantic nights out, and have even gotten each other's initials tattooed on their ring fingers. As for fights, they try to work them out right away. "We don't have big throw down fights. If we have a beef, we always talk it out instead of letting it snowball."
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Vince Gill and Amy Grant met years before started dating, while recording a duet together. Both of their first marriages failed, but when they were together, it was just perfection. Gill explains that they are normal in every way. "We don’t perceive ourselves to be anything but (normal), so we just go ahead to a restaurant, the market, without putting on airs or getting special treatment." Both being amazing singers, you'd think there is a competition between them, but it's not like that at all. They both lift each other up and support each other's careers. “Marrying Amy made me re-prioritize some things. When I’m with her, I always feel that all I want to do is lift her up and just be a kind foundation for her to stand on,” he says.
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Country music's royalty couple are very open about their marriage. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have battled rumor after rumor since they started dating, but have prevailed. They have been married almost 20 years and have three beautiful daughters. Faith explains, "You have to walk this life together. There will be times, ups and downs, but you have to essentially like the person that you love. I think it’s important to laugh a lot and have a good time. Life is so short. It sounds contrived but it’s the truth.”
These country music love stories have restored our faith in true love! No wonder there are so many amazing love songs in this genre, they all have incredible inspiration!
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