Most Tim McGraw fans know that he has not had an easy road to the top. Not only as an artist and performer but as a man. McGraw had a pretty rough childhood, which is evident in his music. But instead of letting that get him down, he decided to learn from it. And to use those lessons to create a happy marriage and to raise his daughters in a loving environment. Here are the hard lessons he had to learn… and how he came out on top.
1) Focus On Family
Raised by an abusive, alcoholic stepfather, Tim McGraw didn’t know who his real father was until he was 11. He assumed the man he knew as dad was his actual father. But searching through a closet one day, he found his birth certificate.
“I didn’t know he was my dad. I was 11 years old and was rummaging around in my mom’s closet and found a birth certificate . . . my last name was Smith. On my birth certificate, McGraw was scratched out and Smith was written in by hand. He was my stepfather,” McGraw said in an interview.
He only met his father once during his childhood. The two bonded after reconnecting when Tim was 18-years old. But that’s a long time for a boy to be without his father. And so McGraw knew that he wanted to have a family–and be a hands-on father.
“I have always been very family-oriented. I came from a dysfunctional, broken family growing up, and it’s probably instilled in me the need and they want to have a strong family and a great foundation. So I think that is something that I naturally gravitate toward,” he told the Washington Times.
And he has. He puts his wife and three daughters first in his life, and has incredibly close relationships with them. He certainly learned the hard way the value a father adds–but he learned it.