Tim McGraw Says Faith Hill Is Why He Could Get Sober

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Tim McGraw opened up about the role his wife — fellow country music star Faith Hill — played in helping him get sober.

The 54-year-old singer and actor penned an essay in Esquire this month about what he’s learned thus far in life. In the essay, he shared an emotional anecdote about overcoming his addiction to alcohol.

"I remember a moment when I was getting out of bed and going to the liquor cabinet and taking a big shot at 8 in the morning and thinking, I have to wake the kids up," McGraw wrote. "I went straight to my wife and said, 'This is where I'm at.' I was scared. She just grabbed me and hugged me and changed my life

Of Hill, McGraw also elaborated on his love for her in the Esquire essay and said he “didn't know love could feel so good.”

McGraw has been married to Hill since 1996 and the couple share three daughters, Gracie, Maggie, and Audrey. Sober since 2008, McGraw previously told People in 2013 that he used to drink prior to every performance to calm his nerves.

“It was exactly my process. Basically, I am an unsure, self-conscious, shy person. That is how I started — even when I was in college, before I would get on stage, I would start drinking. I would start drinking to stop shaking,” he shared.

The multi-Grammy Award winner also explained that, at the time, his friends had begun worrying about him. Coupled with his desire to see his children grow up, he felt motivated to finally cut drinking out of his life.

“People said things. People were worried about me. … It wasn’t something that I didn’t know as well. But ultimately, it is really about how I want to be around for my kids. I want to be around to see how they grow up. I want to see what their lives become. I want to see what their kids look like,” he said. “I felt like I had to change it. I felt like I had to change my life. And it wasn’t like I was out doing crazy things, it was just that I was drinking too much. You know, some people might look at it and say — hey, I drank twice as much as that. But for me, it adversely affected my life and it was time to change it.”

Tags: Pop Culture, Family, Marriage, Mental Health

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