Clint Black and His Wife Open Up About What’s Been the Foundation of Their 30-Year Marriage

by Keeli Parkey
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Many happily married couples will tell you that the joy they have within their message isn’t the result of luck. It’s the result of love and hard work and mutual respect – and so many other factors.

One example of such a happy couple is country music star Clint Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman. She is also a talented singer and an actress. The couple talked about their marriage during a recent interview with PEOPLE.

Black and Hartman first met after he left the concert stage. The day was New Year’s Eve 1990. He had just completed a concert and headed backstage. There, he met Hartman for the very first time. They would get married on Oct. 20, 1991, in front of their families in Texas. That means they are about to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

All these years later, Clint Black and Lisa Hartman both still remember the day they met.

“I knew I was looking at somebody amazing. I didn’t know anything about her. … didn’t know her TV show. … just looked at her eyes and I was just, wow!” Black, who is now 59 years old, shared.

From the first moment they met, Hartman, who now 65 years old, knew that they had a connection. “It was slow motion, like you see in the movies. There was something there.”

At the time they met, Harman was starring in the popular drama “Knot’s Landing.” It was a friend of hers who gave her tickets to Clint Black’s concert. The country music star was given her number by another friend. Obviously, he called her. The rest, as they say, is history.

Clint Black Said He and His Wife Have ‘Grown Together’ and “Never Apart’

Staying together for three decades is something many couples don’t experience. And, of course, there have been challenges for Clint Black and Lisa Hartman along the way. However, they have persevered. He explained why by saying, “Love is something that you nurture and protect. We’ve grown together in our relationship and never apart.”

Not only is Hartman his beloved wife, but she has also been an inspiration to her husband and his music. In fact, he said she was the “biggest influence” for him. “Once we fell in love, then any love song I wrote had to ring true to who we are,” Black also shared.

Lisa Hartman, however, hasn’t just been on the sidelines of Clint Black’s career. She worked with him on one of his most popular songs. That was their duet, “When I Said I Do,” which was released in 1999.

“I go, ‘Sing this with me,’ because she would sing harmony with me on my favorite songs around the kitchen. So after two days we’re singing this song, and she sounds great, and then I told her, ‘You’re going to have to record that with me,'” Black also recalled.

Fans of the couple will get to see them perform together this year. They are going on tour together beginning next month. It will be the first tour they have gone on together. Details about their upcoming tour can be found on Clint Black’s website.

In the meantime, you can watch their video for “When I Said I Do” below.

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