Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, both country music legends, have been together for eight years. In a new interview, Brooks thanked "God and Ms. Yearwood" for the newfound happiness and joy in his life.
"I gotta tell you, if you like her and don't know her – you'll love her. If you love her and don't know her – you'll worship her," Brooks told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. "She's the real deal. I've got to tell you, I never knew it could be like this. I never knew that every day you could wake up and feel like this. And I have God and I have Ms. Yearwood to thank for this."
The couple's relationship was not always smooth-sailing. Brooks and Yearwood first met in 1987, just after he married Sandy Mahl. Brooks and Mahl stayed together until 2000, then divorced, leaving Brooks free to pursue a relationship with Yearwood, if she was still interested. They took their time getting to know each other and built a solid friendship, then more intimate relationship before finally marrying in 2005.
Brooks was the star of a concert, "Live from Las Vegas," which was held on Friday, Nov. 29. In a rare, personal segment, Brooks took questions from fans and revealed his desire to still be "Mr. Yearwood" in 50 years.
"She's wonderful in any kind of room with no help whatsoever, so I would like to see that too, as much as you would" he responded when asked about the possibility of touring with his wife.
"She is up for awards and you really want her to win 'em, and when she does, you're thankful, and then all of a sudden, you're jealous," he later joked about working in the same industry as his spouse.
He also called Kelly Clarkson a "singer that has no top on her. She never seems to have a ceiling that she goes to. The talent is getting bigger and better."
Brooks currently has a new boxed set available, "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences."