With age has come balance for Trisha Yearwood. Although her 20s and 30s were devoted almost exclusively to her career, the success the 44-year-old songstress gained as a result has enabled her to devote more time and attention to her three step-daughters with husband Garth Brooks.
“I now have the luxury of focusing on making every soccer game and being a bonus mom,” she notes in a new interview with Good Housekeeping. Crediting Jada Pinkett-Smith for teaching her the term, Trisha recalls,
“We were at an event together and she heard me say that I hate the word ‘stepmother’ because it conjures up Cinderella and all these bad things. She came up to me and said, ‘Bonus mom. That’s what you are.’ I love that. I also sometimes say that I’m the stunt mom.”
Life as a bonus mom is easy for Trisha, who raves that “the bonus children are great.” Of Taylor Mayne Pearl, 17, August Anna, 15, and Allie Colleen, 13, Trisha raves,
“These girls are smart and funny, and they’ve been really sweet to me. Garth and [ex-wife] Sandy have made it easy for me to become a part of the family. Garth gave me good advice: He said just be who you are, and you’ll earn it day by day with the girls. And I believe that I have.”
Family life for the two country superstars is surprisingly simple. “We’re more likely to pop popcorn and watch a movie at home than go out,” Trisha notes. “The girls want to go do things with their friends, but they’re also still at an age where they like spending time with us.”
“There are two gals I’ve especially bonded with in Oklahoma; our kids play soccer together and like each other. So they’ll come over with their husbands and we’ll grill out, and the kids will watch Twilight for the 10,000th time. It’s fun!”
Source: Good Housekeeping, September issue