On March 24, 1984, Toby Keith was only 22 years old when he said "I do" to a girl named Tricia Lucus. Despite being so young, the couple had been dating for three years after a chance meeting in a nightclub.
Even though they were both young when they married, Keith knew he wanted to spend his life with Lucus, who took his real last name, Covel. As it turns out, that's exactly what they've done, and this year the couple is celebrating their 32nd anniversary.
After their marriage, Keith adopted Covel's daughter from a previous relationship, Shelley. The couple went on to have two children of their own, a daughter named Krystal, who has made a name for herself in country music like her famous father, and a son, Stelen.
Early on, Keith worked in the oil fields to help support his family. But when the fields dried up, Keith decided to pursue a career in country music. Despite the risky nature of trying to make it in the music business, Covel supported her husband 100%.
"Dozens of people told Tricia, 'You need to go tell your old man to get a real job,'" Keith told Nash Country Weekly "It took a strong-hearted and loving woman to say, ‘He’s good enough at music that I’ve got to let him try. And it’ll be a great shot for both of us if he can make it work.'"
As we now know, Keith made it work, and has sold a total of more than 40 million albums worldwide. Despite his rise to fame and becoming one of country music's biggest superstars, Keith has always found the time to keep the romance alive in his marriage.
"He has his moments of charm," Covel told People. "It is nice to get a bouquet of flowers, but I've told him, 'Save the money. Roses die in five to seven days. Buy me an outfit or take me to dinner.'"
Although Covel mostly stays out of the spotlight, she has joined Keith on the red carpet from time to time. In honor of this incredible couple's anniversary, we've brought in some of their best photos together.
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