Kenny Chesney Opens Up on Marriage, Kids and His Big ‘Fall’
Kenny Chesney's latest single is possibly one that hits closest to home for the singer. 'The Boys of Fall' tells a story about Kenny's biggest passion outside of music: football. "It all started for me on that field," Kenny tells Parade magazine of his high school gridiron days. "Football taught me how hard you had to work to achieve something."
'The Boys of Fall' is the first single from Kenny's upcoming album, 'Hemingway's Whiskey,' due September 28. To the country superstar, the song represents much more than just who he is as a musician. "I feel a responsibility to myself -- the self that was that kid," he explains. "I want a sophomore in high school to take away wanting to be the best player, the best friend, the best person he can be. Football emulates life. You get knocked down, but it's how you get up and handle it that's important."
Watch the brand new video for 'The Boys of Fall' below, followed by highlights from his Parade interview.
On dating: "The world is a different place now. If I go out with a girl, there is a possibility that she's going to get up from the dinner table and go to the bathroom and use Twitter to tell everybody what she's doing. And the next thing you know, everybody's got a play-by-play of what you're having for dinner. That would make anybody uncomfortable."
On his marriage to Renee Zellweger ... five years later: "Now I look back on it as just another way of getting knocked down on the football field."
On walking down the aisle again: "I hope that's in the cards for me one day."
On having kids: "I hope I have kids one day. But I don't wake up every day and miss that in my life."
On why he took time off from touring: "I needed to reconnect with my family. I needed to reconnect with me. I needed to pick up the guitar just because. I needed to get that kind of heart back in my life."
On his Mom, Karen: "She was dating someone once and broke up. And this stayed with me. She said, 'Kenny, I just want you to know I'd rather be miserable alone than miserable with somebody else.' That makes a lot of sense to me."
Look for Kenny's interview with Parade in Sunday's paper (August 8).