Kenny Chesney Has ‘Normal’ Girlfriend in Abnormal Life
Kenny Chesney knows his life is unconventional. And when it comes to dating, he's apparently given up on romancing Oscar-winning actresses. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny reveals that he's currently in a relationship with a nurse (now, that's healthy!).
"I'm dating a girl who's pretty levelheaded," says the country superstar. "She's a nurse. She's a real, normal girl. Which is what I need because my life isn't normal."
That's about all Kenny will reveal about his love life, as he has a new rule when it comes to dating: discretion.
"I have to be really careful," he tells the Chronicle. "With MySpace and Facebook, the rules have changed. There are enough people out there saying things that aren't true. I have to be careful who I associate myself with. It's a little tougher for me."
And while his personal life may be getting more grounded, the same doesn't hold true for Kenny's live shows. On his current Sun City Carnival tour, the singer soars over the audience in a flying chair, technology that was inspired in part by the rock 'n' roll antics of vintage Van Halen -- not surprising since Kenny's tour manager worked in the same capacity with that group for 12 years.
"When I was a kid, I saw David Lee Roth fly across the audience on a surfboard," says Kenny. "Last year we were trying to decide how we want to make this tour different, so we took that idea and combined it with the technology they use for 'Monday Night Football' -- cameras that can go into the huddle and fly over the stadium. I realize it's borderline cheesy, but it just allows me to get closer to the fans. I can go anywhere on that seat. I may regret it five years from now."
Kenny's backstage tiki bar was also inspired by another Van Halen singer -- his Poets & Pirates tour mate Sammy Hagar, who gifted him with a sombrero while celebrating Sammy's birthday at his Cabo Wabo nightclub.
'I put that sombrero on top of Marley [the 235-pound stuffed blue marlin that's currently on tour with Kenny], just to give more attitude, and somebody stole it," says Kenny. "That's the maddest I've been on tour. I'll never get it back."
One memento he hasn't lost, however, is from another tour mate, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. It's a nod to all of the other honors he's received, such as being four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year.
"He gave me a big, huge bowling trophy and it said, 'The Joe Walsh Award for Winning So Many Awards.' That's my favorite one. It's the ugliest thing you ever seen. I have all the things I was lucky enough to win in a gym that I built, where I keep all my sports memorabilia, because I think it's pretentious to have all that stuff in your house. A friend of mine built this awesome pool, but he built it on the side of his house, away from his view. He said, 'I don't want to see it. I want to work. I don't want to sit by the pool.' That's kind of how I feel about it."