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Country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were married on December 10, 2005, in a private ceremony at their Oklahoma home.

Garth, an Oklahoma native, and Trisha exchanged vows before family members and a few select friends.
They said it is the perfect Christmas gift to each other and they couldn’t be happier, their publicist reported. The marriage is the second for Brooks, who has three children, and the third for Yearwood.

Their engagement was reported in the June 2005 issue of The Bagpiper. Brooks, 43, got down on one knee and proposed to Yearwood, 41, in May in front of seven thousand fans at the Legends in Bronze event at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. Ten larger-than-life bronze statues honoring various country music stars were unveiled during that event, including one of Brooks.

Brooks is credited with widening the appeal of country music in the 1990s by merging traditional country with honky tonk, pop, folk and rock. His Ropin the Wind album was the first such country recording to debut at the top of the pop music charts. One of his later albums, “Scarecrow, went triple platinum. His most recent album, released in December 2005, is a collection of his many hits, and is called simply, “Garth Brooks.”

Yearwood was named the Country Music Awards female vocalist of the year in 1997 and 1998. Her latest album is Jasper County.  She also plans to continue touring, with eight performances scheduled in May and June 2006.

In an article by Dotson Rader, carried in the February 12, 2006 issue of Parade Magazine, Garth is quoted as having said, “When you’re a boy, your dad talks about women. He tells you that waiting out there is an amazing woman meant just for you. You think, ‘Oh, I can’t believe this fantasy person really exists.’ But she does. I’m one of the lucky people who found the dream woman his dad was talking about. I know what true love is...”

Garth went on to say, “...My children are the glue that holds us all together. They love Trisha, me, and their mother, all at the same time. It breaks my heart that I failed as a husband to Sandy. I made vows that I couldn’t uphold….”

Smiling, he concluded the interview by adding, “I’m happier now than I have ever been in my life.”

In their first ever joint television interview, Trisha and Garth made a very special Valentines Day appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The still newlyweds delivered a heartfelt performance of their new duet, Love Will Always Win. 

Congratulations and good luck Trisha and “Cousin” Garth!

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Troyal Garth Brooks is a twenty-fourth great-grandson of Sir William de Irwyn of Drum and Lady Marotte Bernard. Sir William was Secretary and Armor-bearer to Robert the Bruce, King of Scots (r.1306-1329).                            -Ed.

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