Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood both had successful careers before marrying each other in 2005, but the country stars both say that their relationship has helped them reach new heights of success.

"I’m not sure if we would have gotten married when we were younger and starting this, if we would still be together or have the careers that we have. That's a tough one," Brooks told The Boot and other reporters at a media event. "So, getting to meet after things had kind of gotten established has allowed us to be together the majority of the times. Sometimes it pulls you in different places, but I think always knowing that, good Lord willing, you’re going to come back to each other, is what I love about being married to another celebrity."

Adds Yearwood, "It’s hard for me to talk about Garth and not sound like his wife, but I’ve known him for over 25 years, and I can tell you that my very first tour was opening for Garth. I learned how to be an artist, I learned how to treat people. I learned the ropes from him. I learned that you can’t hit ‘em if you don’t swing at them; you have to get out there and get out of your comfort zone, and that’s something that I don’t think I would have done without him as a friend, and now as a husband."

Being married to a fellow entertainer has its perks, Yearwood says, but also its own unique set of challenges.

"We made a commitment when we got married that we wanted to be together, and that sounds like a simple thing to say in a marriage, but this business, and how separate careers are, it makes it hard to be married," she explains. "I don’t know that I would have been that committed to do that in my 20s, but getting married at 41, I was like, ‘I’m ready. This is where I want to be.’ And how lucky are we that we get to live that dream, we get to do what we love to do, and we get to do it together?"

Brooks and Yearwood are continuing to cross the country on Brooks' World Tour. A complete list of dates is available here.

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