2019 American Music Awards

Tim McGraw Reveals How His Family Gave Him a Lifestyle Wake-Up Call

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Tim McGraw on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Nov. 4, 2019. 

Tim McGraw stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday evening (Nov. 4), where he discussed his new lifestyle book Grit & Grace. After joking that it’s the sequel to Grits & Gravy, the country star shared the inspiration behind getting into shape.

During a 10-minute interview with Colbert, the 52-year-old said his family helped kick him into high gear when deciding to live a more healthy lifestyle.

“Have you seen my wife? I want to hang onto her,” McGraw said, before getting serious. “I spent a lot of time living the wrong lifestyle on the road and not taking care of myself like I should. I had a great life: I was doing movies, I was selling records, tickets were great, and I wasn’t taking care of myself and I wasn’t living up to the expectations of my family and the people that worked for me.”

McGraw says “a couple moments” helped him segue to a more healthy lifestyle including his wife, Faith Hill, telling him he needed to get his stuff together as well as his kids.

“I took my kids to a holiday movie. I had just done a movie and hadn’t expected my face on a 100-foot screen,” he said recalling a trailer of his past film being shown. “My daughter Gracie looked over at me and was like, ‘Geeze, Dad you gotta do something.’ She probably was 11-years-old [at the time]. It said a lot more to me. It said that she had been paying attention to my lifestyle and I had to change the way I was conducting myself.”

McGraw’s chat with Colbert is below.

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