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Garth Brooks' First Wife Threatened To Divorce Him After He Cheated, And He Was So Stressed He Couldn't Perform On Stage

Date September 20, 2019

Garth Brooks and his first wife Sandy Mahl had a complicated relationship. The college sweethearts got married in May 1986 and went on to have three daughters; Taylor, August, and Allie.

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Things seemed good for a while until they separated in March 1999 and announced they were getting divorced a year later.

Divorce threat

It has been reported that Garth and Sandy's marriage ended over the singer's unfaithfulness. According to People, Sandy first discovered her husband cheated on her in 1989.

She threatened to leave him at the time. The fear of losing her must have got to him because while on stage in Sikeston, Garth choked up and couldn't continue his song. He had to start over after getting a handle on his emotions.

He and Sandy eventually reconciled in 1996 and renewed their wedding vows. But this didn't last. In January 1999, during the American Music Awards, the world suspected that the couple was still battling problems when Garth said to his wife during an acceptance speech for an award that:

Sandy, it’s no mystery that our future…we don’t know what’s going to happen.

Finding love while married

It has been reported that when Garth met his current wife Trisha Yearwood in 1987, it was love at first sight.

In a 2013 interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Garth admitted that he fell for Trisha when they both met while recording a demo in a Nashville studio. But there was a problem:

I'd been married for 13 months.

In fact, Trisha was also a few months into her marriage to Chris Latham as well. But she and Garth apparently couldn't deny their chemistry.

Trisha herself confessed, in a 2016 interview with Parade, that she knew the minute she met Garth that they were "meant to be."

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After many years of maintaining a professional friendship and after the both of them split from their respective partners, Garth and Trisha got married in 2005.

The couple's love story may not be the most conventional but they found each other and are now working to create a strong marriage.