Grammy Award-winning couple Vince Gill and Amy Grant risked more than their reputations to be together. The musical couple – who are parents to 10-year-old daughter Corrina – opened up to AARP about their journey to become a couple and blending their families (Vince’s daughter Jenny was 17; and Amy’s three children, Matthew, Millie and Sarah, ranged in age from 12 to 7 when they first got together).
On Amy’s children saying “I hate you” to Vince when they first blended the families: “All those things had been said, so when it finally turned to tolerance, respect, and, best-case scenario, love — oh, that was quite a journey,” says Amy. “It’s like a broken bone that grows stronger if it heals properly.”
On Corrina’s birth in 2001: “[She’s] the glue of this whole family,” Vince says. “She bonded all of us in a blood way that really did connect us.”
On their struggle to be together: “We were both married, and though we were crazy about each other, we thought, ‘Well that’s not our life.’ It was hard. The kids, the popularity of our lives, a lot of tongues waggin’. The hard truth was that we never thought for a minute that we would end up together.”
On having a baby in her 40s: “Having that baby at 40 really shot my stomach, and I was just having a good cry about it. Vince came in, and I was drooling and snot was coming out, and I said, ‘Women get invisible.’ And he said, ‘I love you, and you’re more beautiful now than you were when I first met you. I can’t wait to see what you look like with a head full of gray hair.’ And he meant it.”
Continue reading the interview with Vince and Amy at AARP…