In a world where divorce is common, especially among celebrities, George Strait and Norma Strait are refreshing examples of lifelong commitment. The two have been married for over 50 years and still adore each other as newlyweds!
Everyone knows country legend George Strait for her hits like “She Let Herself Go,” “Give It Away,” and “You’ll Be There.” Although his professional life has always been successful, George Strait also has a very successful private life.
George is one of the rare celebrities who has been married for over 50 years to the love of this life, Norma Strait. While the couple seems incredibly solid now, their love story is miraculous as it almost didn’t happen!
George and Norma did not consider each other potential romantic interests even though they were from the same town. Until one fateful day, George asked Norma out on a date. Although the date was successful, the couple did not meet for a while.
George shared how he met his wife at her 50th anniversary celebration together in Las Vegas. The country singer said: “I was 19 years old and I knew this girl, Norma. She was 17 years old, very hot. So we fell in love.”
George then dedicated his song “I Cross My Heart” to his beloved, as the crowd sang along with him. He mentioned that 50 years had passed since the couple had eloped to Mexico to get married.
The couple eloped on December 4, 1971, and once they returned to Texas, they had another small church ceremony witnessed by their friends and family. After a while George had to leave to serve in Hawaii and Norma joined him soon after.
Life for the couple was ideal as they welcomed daughter Jennifer 10 months after their marriage in October 1972 and then, after a 9-year gap, welcomed son George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. in 1981.
As well as his successful domestic life, George Strait’s career as a musician was also prosperous. The singer’s single “Fool Hearted Memory” proved to be a hit on the charts.
Unfortunately, the singer’s life was about to change drastically. His daughter Jennifer, who was 13 at the time, was in a tragic car accident. She was in a car driven by 18-year-old Gregory Allen, who lost control of his Ford Mustang. Jennifer was not wearing a seat belt and was the only fatality in the tragic accident. She lost her life on June 25, 1986 in San Marcos, Texas.
The driver, Gregory Allen, did not face any jail time or charges in Jennifer’s death. But the accident left a huge void in the Strait family.
George Strait shared in an interview that Jennifer was constantly missed by the family. He said, “We were blessed to have been able to spend 13 years with our beautiful daughter Jennifer,” he continued, “We will all miss Jennifer dearly and never forget her, her smile and her laugh. She meant the world to us, and she will be sorely missed.”
Since then, the singer shared that he used his music as a way to cope and mourn his daughter. He said that his song “You’ll Be There” is about his beloved daughter.
He said: “You know, the things that have happened in my life and losing my daughter. I think one day we will be together again. I think that’s what we all strive for; to get to heaven one day.”
After losing his daughter, George Strait became reclusive. He shared that he no longer wanted to do interviews and although he realized that this might cost him his career, he didn’t care.
The singer has also shared that Jennifer’s passing did to the rest of the family, especially her son ‘Bubba’. He once said, “Because of her nine-year age difference, Jennifer was like a second mother to Bubba in a way,” Strait added. “They had their arguments like brother and sister, but in the end, she always made Bubba feel like she was on top.”
As for Norma Strait after her daughter’s passing, George shares that the two grew even more supportive of each other. The couple’s relationship with each other and with God grew stronger as they struggled with their pain.
It is a known fact that the death of a child can be devastating to a marriage and can often result in divorce. However, for the narrow ones, their bond only grew stronger. The couple leaned on each other in their loss and came out the other side stronger than before.
George has been known to go on record several times, praising his wife for standing by him through thick and thin.
The two share a bond like no other. As the couple celebrated his 50th anniversary in 2021, George made sure to serenade his wife publicly. He added about her relationship: “We love each other and still like each other. Much!”
The singer talks a lot about his faith, crediting his faith as the reason he is always grounded and humble. The singer has the ability to separate the two identities of him; the one on stage and off stage!
Since Jennifer’s passing, George Strait Jr. or ‘Bubba’ as he is affectionately known, became the couple’s only child. George Jr. attended Texas A&M University, where he embarked on his career as a competitive rodeo star. After graduation, he became a professional roper for the Cowboys Association Rodeo team.
George Jr. has also inherited his father’s musical abilities. He is a talented singer-songwriter in his own right and has been credited as a writer on his father’s album ‘Twang’.
George Strait also married his girlfriend Tamara, who is a successful real estate agent. The couple got married in 2010 and have two beautiful children, Jillian Louise Strait and George Harvey Strait III.
The family is very close and spends every vacation together with George and Norma Strait doting on their grandchildren.
Despite mega-stardom, George Strait has an incredibly moving and down-to-earth family life. He makes sure to be just old George with his family and leaves his musical superstar persona at home!
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