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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Are Country Royalty! See a Complete Timeline of Their Romance

True love is hard to find, but it seems Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood hit the jackpot when they first met in the late 1980s. Although it took years for their love story to begin, the “Friends in Low Places” crooner and the “XXX’s and OOO’s” songstress have surely become one of country music’s most beloved couples.

Since falling in love in the early 2000s, Garth and Trisha have flourished as a superstar pair. Not only have they sustained extremely successful careers in the music industry and Hollywood in general, but the adorable couple has proven exactly what it means to be in love with your best friend.

While exclusively chatting with Closer Weekly in January 2019, the “Forever Country” singer opened up about her longtime marriage with Garth. “I’m madly in love with him,” she gushed at the time. “We were such good friends for such a long time [before we married], so I think at the end of the day, it’s the friendship and the respect that sustains you.”

Prior to meeting Garth, Trisha — who was previously married to Christopher Latham from 1987 to 1991, as well as Robert Reynolds from 1994 to 1999 — said she struggled with the feeling of settling. “A lot of times — I’ve been very guilty of this — you get way down the road in a relationship before you are friends. And you eventually go, ‘I’m not even sure I really like this person.'”

When it came to the Garth — who was married to Sandy Mahl from 1986 to 2001 — that feeling never happened for her. “It’s saying, ‘Now I understand why other stuff didn’t work because this is what was meant to be,'” Trisha sweetly continued. “We hike, we cook, we just like to be together, and I was never that girl. I was always, ‘Hmmm, no offense, but I don’t need to hang with anybody.'”

Trisha also told Closer the reason why she thinks she and Garth are so perfect for each other. “We’re both very independent, and we’re in a business that is very ‘me’-driven, so it’s easy to get lost,” she explained. Despite their hectic schedules, Trisha said it’s her duty as a wife to “make sure he’s good and has what he needs,” adding, “and he does the same for me.”

Overall, the Trisha’s Southern Kitchen star and her hubby couldn’t feel luckier to be by each other’s side. “I’m proud of where we are [now] and I can’t wait to see where we’ll be in [the future],” she shared.

Scroll through the gallery below to see a timeline of Garth and Trisha’s loving relationship!