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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Plus 8 Other Country Couples Married Over 10 Years

author image Leah Groth
Leah Groth is a writer and editor currently based in Philadelphia. She has covered topics such as entertainment, parenting, health & wellness for xoJane, Babble, Radar, Fit Pregnancy, Mommy Nearest, Living Healthy and PopDust.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Plus 8 Other Country Couples Married Over 10 Years
These country music couple have been married for over ten years, and here are all their relationship secrets. Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

What are the secrets to a successful, long-term marriage? Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are just a few of the country couples who remind us that not every country song has a sad ending. In fact, they have managed to stay true to their "I Do"s for over a decade. Through career-changes, trips to rehab, being apart and working together, their love stories — as well as their tips for nurturing a relationship — are truly inspiring.

1. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have been married since 2005. Photo Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

1 Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have been married since 2005, and despite a rocky start with the country star checking into rehab just months after they tied the knot, they are one of Hollywood’s hottest power couples. Urban believes it’s the Aussie in them that keeps their relationship stable. “You get raised to just ‘pull your bloody head in’ and do your work and just don't get caught up in all the other stuff and to stay grounded,” he said during an interview with Sunrise. “I think it’s commitment, and also just going, 'I love you and I like you…' And really contributing to that,” Nicole told Extra about why she thinks their relationship works. “And I also see it as I am also incredibly fortunate to have met the person I just love being with more than anyone in the world besides my kids. I mean, that’s a rarity.” That it is.

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2. Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks are one of country music's most popular power couples. Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

2 Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks

After over a decade of friendship and crumbled marriages to other people, country chart-toppers Brooks and Yearwood married in 2005 and have been going country strong ever since. Maybe it’s because the “Friends in Low Places” singer treats his wife like a queen, even refusing to use her actual name when talking to her. "I'm like, 'Garth, we've been married for 12 years; we've known each other for 26 years. You can call me 'Trisha.' Like, it's cool,'" Yearwood told Today. Brooks adoration of his wife is pretty epic. "I can't believe this really exists. I can't believe there's somebody in this world that no matter how many times you get to be with them, all that does is make you want to be with them more," he gushed about his “sappy” love for Yearwood to Rare Country. "For the first time, forever isn't long enough. That's crazy, but I'm the lucky guy that found that."

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3. Kimberly Williams and Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley has been married to Kimberly Williams for over 15 years. Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

3 Kimberly Williams and Brad Paisley

Paisley first spotted Williams on the big screen, mesmerized with her performances in “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride II.” "I thought, 'She seems like a great girl — smart and funny and all those things that are so hard to find,'" Paisley recalled to Good Housekeeping. Five years later he cast her in a music video, and the two quickly feel in love. Two children and 15 years later, he’s still singing love songs about her. “We both have very healthy senses of humor. Anything I take myself too seriously on, she will gladly cut me down to size on and destroy all pre-conceived notions that I’m cool in any way,” Paisley told The Boot. “You’ve got to have similar outlooks and really healthy senses of humor. Pretension should be completely gone in a marriage. Actually, it should be gone before you get married!”

4. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have stayed together through thick and thin. Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

4 Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

Hill and McGraw have been married over twenty years, but it hasn’t always been easy. McGraw almost “lost everything” due to an addiction problem, but quit drinking and doing drugs in 2008 to save his family. How has the couple made it through thick and thin? They insist it all has to do with love, tolerance and teamwork. "In the car, I drive," McGraw told Today. "In the relationship, she drives. We make decisions about things in different ways, but we always talk about it before we do it." Another reason they have lasted so long? "We like each other; we do actually do like one another," he added. "That's the key for sure."

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5. Darius Rucker and Beth Leonard
Darius Rucker and Beth Leonard have kept their romance alive for nearly 20 years. Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

5 Darius Rucker and Beth Leonard

Rucker, who got his start as lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish and transitioned into country later on, has been married to his wife for nearly 20 years and the two are still “madly in love.” "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." It also requires effort on both sides, as well as a little romance. "I work hard to let my wife know how much I love her," he added. "I try to do that every day. Romantic stuff is not something I really remember. I'm sure she could tell you some stuff that I've done that's really cool, but for me, I just want her to be happy. She's a strong woman. It's hard to be married to me, and it was a lot harder when I was younger!” See? Romance isn't dead, folks.

6. Amy Grant and Vince Gill
Amy Grant and Vince Gill are one of country's most adorable couples. Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

6 Amy Grant and Vince Gill

Gill and Grant first met in 1993, but were married to other people. While they insist there were no infidelities involved the duo maintain it was one of those love at first sight situations. It was years before the two split up with their respective partners, but eventually the couple ended up together and married in 2000, welcoming a daughter the next year. In an interview with Good Housekeeping they outlined their marriage guidelines, which included knowing when not to talk, being ready to pinpoint a problem, getting off your soapbox and kicking up the kindness a notch. "A big reason why our relationship is so good is that it begins with respect and kindness,” Gill explained. “If you have those two things on the front burner, then the rest is kind of easy."

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7. Shawna and Keifer Thompson
Thompson Square's Shawna and Keifer Thompson decided to take their romance to a professional level. Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

7 Shawna and Keifer Thompson

The couple that sings together, stay together. The Thompson Square duo met at a singing competition in Nashville, and became a couple before they decided to take their relationship professional. "We came in town to be artists, and we met really quickly, but we didn't realize until a few years into our marriage that the best way for us to coexist was for us to be together all the time," Keifer explained in an interview. "Being apart and doing our own things ... we just weren't happy. We were happy doing music, and the relationship wasn't suffering, but it wasn't as good without her." Agrees Shawna: "Keifer would be gone doing his own thing on the road, and I would be at home miserable and missing him. Now, we're getting to do what we both love to do together. It doesn't get any better than that."

8. Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook
Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook hooked up while working together. Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

8 Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook

Jimi and Karen’s love story is the opposite of Keifer and Shawna’s: they went from bandmates to soulmates. Along with Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman, the two formed Little Big Town in 1998. Shortly after their debut album was released, Jimi and Karen paired off and quietly wed in 2006. Four years later they welcomed a son. In an interview with US Magazine, Karen gushed over married life. “Jimi is my soulmate,” she told them. “I knew there was a deep connection there but once you decide to be together, you find even more, and then to have a child together is a beautiful, beautiful
thing for us to share and a dream come true.”

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9. Lisa Hartman and Clint Black
Lisa Hartman and Clint Black have been together since meeting in 1990. Photo Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

9 Lisa Hartman and Clint Black

Clint and former “Knots Landing” star Lisa were introduced in 1990 and fell in love immediately, tying the knot just ten months and 20 days after meeting. Clint gives his wife of 25-plus years major credit for inspiring his music — as well as for his career in general. "Lisa is a big reason I've learned to live in my skin," Clint gushed to Country Living. "She didn't let fame slow her down. I would've become more reclusive, but she was having none of that." The two started making sweet music together in 1999 with “When I Say I Do” and have been collaborating ever since. "When I'm producing a record for us in the studio, it's like a director guiding an actor,” he added. "But when you're working with your best friend, even under stress it's still better than anything else."

What Do YOU Think?
Which country couple gives you the feels? Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

What Do YOU Think?

Are you surprised that these country couples have stayed married for so long? Do you find any of their stories inspiring? Whose tips do you find the most helpful?

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