The Story Of How Tim McGraw Locked Eyes On Faith Hill And Never Looked Back


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are so intertwined, it’s difficult to read anything about one without it including the other. With three daughters and more than two decades of marriage, it’s amazing how durable their relationship has been. And their on-stage chemistry is still palpable. But if you listen to their story, it isn’t that surprising. In their first meeting, they recognized the other as their soulmate. 

Meeting For the First Time

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (photo from Us Weekly)

In an interview with Billboard, McGraw and Hill discussed a wide variety of topics, including marriage, parenting, and even gun control. One rather interesting tidbit thrown in there was what happened in that first meeting.

The couple met in 1994, both of them working toward their future fame. The two were at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville on March 5 for a Country Radio Seminar. It was an event to help new artists get off the ground. McGraw was there with his girlfriend. Hill attended solo, separated from her first husband.

The attraction was instantaneous. 

“I don’t want you around her”

Cast member Tim McGraw, left, and Faith Hill arrive for a screening of “Country Strong” in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

McGraw‘s girlfriend also seemed to sense the chemistry, and immediately objected to McGraw spending time around Hill. “For me, there was an intense physical attraction. I guess my girlfriend saw it in my eyes,” admitted McGraw. “She said, ‘I don’t want you around her.’”

McGraw clearly didn’t listen. But it would be a few years before their paths crossed again in such a meaningful way. Two years later, in 1996, Hill was engaged to her record producer. McGraw’s career had surpassed Hill’s, and he was headlining his own tours. Any guesses as to who he selected to be his opener? Yes, Faith Hill.

If that was an innocent decision or not, we don’t know. McGraw didn’t cop to it one way or the other. Regardless, once they were on tour together, that was it for the two. The tour started in March and by May they were kissing onstage. They married that October. 

A Strong Bond

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (photo from

Hill said that it wasn’t just the physical attraction that bonded them. She noted that they both had untraditional, if not dysfunctional, upbringings. McGraw didn’t meet his biological father until he was a young man, and Hill was adopted. Though she acknowledged that her adopted family was supportive, she also said that she doesn’t share many fundamental characteristics with them. “Although [my and Tim’s] stories are very different, there was a missing link within our souls that we both related to,” she desired about meeting McGraw.

Whatever the recipe was, it has turned out to be a tremendous success. The couple recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary, and have also extended their 2018 tour.