It’s no wonder that pianist-composer Harry Connick Jr., 50, has found a muse in his wife, Jill Goodacre. “She is the strongest and most inspiring woman I know,” he has gushed of the 54-year-old former model, who’s mother to their three daughters: Georgia, 22, Kate, 20, and Charlotte, 16.
His song “One Fine Thing” is a fittingly romantic tribute to his better half, who went public last year with her five-year battle with breast cancer. “You’re a sunrise, you’re heaven. You’re the reason that God rested on day seven,” he croons in the tune, which is off his Every Man Should Know album.
Harry and his family in 2011.
Using music, Harry constantly shows just how much he loves his wife and will never let her go. Although Jill has now, thankfully, been cancer-free for more than five years, Harry told People that the thought of losing his wife to the disease has made him an overly-cautious person.
“It’s not something that’s just going to go away like it never happened,” he said. “I’ll always be a little nervous, always having to get checked, always hoping it doesn’t come back.”
“I was scared I was going to lose her, absolutely,” he added. No matter what, Jill can always rely on her husband to stand by her side through the good and bad times. The lovely couple have been married for more than 20 years and are still going strong.
“She’s my best friend, and I really don’t know what I would do without her,” he once raved about his wife. On one episode of his popular talk show, Harry, he told Jill, “All I wanted to do was grow old with you and have as many years as possible as I could with you.” The musician previously lost his mom to cancer when he was only 13 years old but, thankfully, Harry will have his wife, Jill, by his side for many years to come!
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