‘Bonus Mom’ Trisha Yearwood Says She ‘Couldn’t Live Without’ Garth Brooks’ Daughters

Yearwood gets honest about her role as a “bonus mom.”


Lauren Jo Black

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January 4, 2022


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When Trisha Yearwood married Garth Brooks in 2005, she not only became a wife, but also a “bonus mom” to Brooks’ three daughters, Allie, August, and Taylor, from his previous marriage to Sandy Mahl.

In a recent interview, Yearwood got honest about her role as a “bonus mom” and admitted her new title didn’t always come easy. 

The three-time GRAMMY winner never had any kids of her own, so marrying Brooks meant she was not only committing to him, but his children as well. She says she had to learn to become more of a selfless person now that she had three bonus daughters to take care of. 

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood; Photo via Facebook
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood; Photo via Facebook

“When you don’t have children, you have the luxury of being selfish, because it’s just about you. You don’t have to think about somebody else first,” Yearwood explained to SheKnows. “And as an artist, it’s easy to be really egocentric because your job is to be thinking about your career, what you have to do next, how you’re going to take yourself to the next level. So to get out of that space and to realize that it doesn’t matter what I have going on, it was a real lesson for me.”

Yearwood has now been a part of Brooks’ daughter’s lives for over 16 years. They’ve been through a lot together and she’s watched them grown from girls to young women. Now, they’re closer than ever and it’s something Yearwood says she’ll be forever grateful for. 

“It was a gift that I received from Garth and the girls of having them in a life that I didn’t even know I was missing, you know, and I can’t imagine my life without them,” Yearwood sweetly shared. 


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And don’t go using the term “stepmom” around Yearwood. She prefers to be called a “bonus mom.” 

“When I think stepmom, I think Cinderella, you know, so I always prefer bonus mom,” she explained. “Jada Pinkett Smith told me years ago, she’s like, ‘you’re a bonus mom, don’t call yourself something else.’ So I’ve taken that and run with it.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.