Sometimes true love finds you early. Such is the case for country music star Toby Keith, who was only 22 when he tied the knot with Tricia Lucus in 1984. She changed her last name to Keith’s legal name, Covel. The two met three years prior at a nightclub, and have been together ever since.
Though both of them were pretty young when they married, Keith says he knew all along he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Covel. And they’ve done just that. The couple recently celebrated 32 years of wedded bliss.
Keith adopted Covel’s daughter, Shelley, after the two were married. The two then had two children of their own, daughter Krystal, and son, Stelen. Krystal has followed in her father’s footsteps, making a name for herself in the country scene.
When they were first married, Keith worked in the oil fields to help support his family. Then, the oil dried up, and he decided to make some big changes. He would finally pursue what he loved, making music. Covel supported her husband completely, despite the the risks.
“Dozens of people told Tricia, ‘You need to go tell your old man to get a real job,'” Keith told Nash Country Weekly “It took a strong-hearted and loving woman to say, ‘He’s good enough at music that I’ve got to let him try. And it’ll be a great shot for both of us if he can make it work.'”
We’re glad she was there for him, and it surely went a long way to helping create such a lasting and loving relationship.
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