Tim McGraw Reveals Former Addictions, Faith Hill Intervention

By McCarton Ackerman 06/20/14

McGraw is the latest country singer to recently open up about his battles with addiction.

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Country singer Tim McGraw has opened up about his former drug and alcohol addictions in the latest issue of Men’s Health magazine.

Although he didn’t go into great detail, McGraw hinted that his drug use took place during his famous marriage to Faith Hill and that an intervention on her part is what led him to change.

"I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but...use your imagination," he said. “When your wife tells you it's gone too far, that's a big wake-up call. That, and realizing you're gonna lose everything you have. Not monetarily, not career-wise, but family-wise."

His former drug habit has since been replaced by an addiction to exercise, which McGraw said led him to realize just how far he had let himself go. "I was looking at some old concert shots the other day. Man, my gut!" he laughed. "I was up there in a see-through shirt - I thought I was looking good!"

McGraw isn't the only country singer to talk about his past addictions. Earlier this month, Keith Urban revealed his battle with drug and alcohol addiction since the ‘90s, having entered rehab in 1998 and 2006. Now sober for eight years, he also credited his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, with providing both the intervention and catalyst to stay sober.

"We had just gotten married and this entity in my life is coming just to crush and kill everything that I've got,” Urban told Rolling Stone. "I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me. I didn't give a shit about anything except turning a corner in my life and doing whatever it took for that.”

Kidman has remained publicly supportive over the years, telling Vanity Fair in 2007 that “I’ve learned an enormous amount from having a relationship with someone who is in recovery. I’m more than willing to walk it with him.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.