With the breakup of country-pop’s favorite couple – Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert – the hierarchy of super-star country couples has been totally upended. So we’re re-examining the genre’s power elite who also happen to call one another “bae.” (No, seriously, try to picture Garth Brooks saying that.)
Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
Married in 2005 at their Oklahoma ranch, Garth and Trisha have a remarkable 57 combined years in the music business. The eccentric Brooks actually proposed to Yearwood in front of thousands of fans. They’re currently touring together, but the duo doesn’t stop at singing. Trisha in particular is multi-talented, currently hosting a Food Network Show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” and is also the author of several cookbooks. Garth sticks to music in general, but whether he’ll pull out his alter ego any time soon remains to be seen.
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Perhaps the country stunner was singing to her equally attractive husband with 1998’s smash hit “This Kiss,” whom she married in 1996. Like chicken fried steak and biscuits with gravy, Faith and Tim are a country staple at this point. While she helped spearhead the rise of country-pop in the late 1990s, McGraw remains a traditionalist favorite, crafting arena-friendly tunes and never without his signature black Stetson.
Chris Tyrrell & Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)
The Lady Antebellum stars have been married since 2012, but they’ve known each other since college. They reconnected when Tyrrell filled in as Lady A’s drummer, and he subsequently became a permanent member of the group. They currently have one daughter, Eisele Kaye Tyrrell, together.
Keifer & Shawna Thompson (Thompson Square)
Keifer and Shawna Thompson met at a singing competition in Nashville. And while they worked as independent solo acts for a while, they finally teamed up – both professionally and personally – by 2010. Lauded by critics, it’ll be exciting to continue to watch Thompson Square grow.
Jimi Westbrook & Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town)
Married since 2006, the couple make up one half of the Award-Winning vocal quartet Little Big Town. Though they worked together long before they got together, the couple currently has a 5 year-old son, Elijah, and show no signs of slowing down. They refer to one another as “soulmate.” Awwww.
Brad & Kimberly (Williams-) Paisley
Sure, Kimberly Williams-Paisley is best known as an actress, but her recurring role on Nashvillehas to count for something, right? Brad apparently had a crush on Kimberly after her break-out role in 1993’s Father of the Bride, and the two have been married since 2003. They apparently met on the set for his video for “I’m Gonna Miss her” and the rest is history. They’ve since reappeared on screen together in the aforementioned Nashville.