Garth Brooks To Divorce

Garth Brooks To Divorce

10/09/2000 2:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
Craig Rosen

(10/9/00, 2 p.m. ET) - Garth Brooks has announced that he and his wife of 14 years, Sandy (Mahl) Brooks, are getting divorced. "Sandy and I both agree that we need to get divorced. . .Right now, we're focusing on the impact it will have on the children and how to handle that best, to remain parents even if we don't remain husband and wife," the 38-year-old singer revealed to Billboard magazine. Brooks and his wife--his high-school sweetheart--have three daughters, ages four, six, and eight, and the family has lived in Oklahoma for the past year.

Brooks appeared on Good Morning America earlier in January and hinted at that time that his relationship with his wife was "not in a good place." When asked in January how the couple reached that crossroads in their relationship," he said, "I think because we are honest with each other and you talk to each other.You talk about happiness. The big word in a relationship for me is respect, and do we have that for each other? If you don't, then you must try and find it. If you can't find it, then is your position better as friends, finding that someone for Sandy that makes her feel like she really likes herself, and for me to find somebody that makes me feel like I really like myself."

Brooks released his self-titled debut album in the spring of 1989 and subsequently skyrocketed to superstardom. The album went on to become the best-selling country album of the 1980s--selling more than 6.8 million copies and remaining on the Billboard country chart for more than 161 weeks. No Fences, his second effort, accomplished an even bigger feat, selling more than 16 million copies, making it the best-selling country album in history.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Brooks's sales total has reached 99 million copies, which makes him the fastest-selling album artist in the association's history. He is also the only solo artist in RIAA history to have four albums top the 10 million mark: No Fences, Ropin' The Wind, The Hits, and Double Live.

Brooks will be honored later this month as the first solo artist in RIAA history to reach sales of 100 million units. The black-tie, invitation-only celebration will be given by his label, Capitol Records, on October 26 in Nashville.

-- Jason Gelman, New York, and Jennifer Gerlock, Nashville

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