Garth Brooks revealed he’s lost 50 pounds and at 60, he’s currently the same weight he was when he was 35.
The country superstar recently made a trip across the pond for a five-show run at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland and while speaking with members of the media ahead of opening night, Brooks opened up about his noticeable weight loss.
“What happened was, weirdly, at the 25th anniversary of Croke Park and Central Park, and I was sitting there looking at it thinking everyone looks the same… what is wrong with your fat ass, here we go,” Brooks said, according to the Irish Mirror.
The seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year admitted he played the role of “soccer dad” for 16 years and acknowledged that “it takes awhile to get back to the artist feel.”
Now, after eight years back on stage, Brooks says he’s finally feeling like an artist again.
“And I’m the same weight I was when we played here in 97, that’s what I want,” he explained.
Brooks is filming all five Croke Park stadium concerts for a project to be released in the near future.
“This film is going to come. I lost 50lbs and the film is going to add that right back,” he said.
The “Friends In Low Places” singer hopes his recent weight loss will allow him to be fit enough to run around the stage because, for him, the weight loss isn’t about how he looks.
“What you want to do is set yourself up for the best chance of success,” he told the Irish Daily Mirror.
“You want to try to be as fit as you can. Because my job is to get to everyone in that stadium. And we have two and a half hours to get it done. So we will be moving a lot. And physically I wanted to not have that as an obstacle.”
Brooks’ return to Ireland comes after he was set to play five shows at Croke Park in 2014. Those shows were canceled due to planning difficulties. Now, instead of kicking off his comeback tour, the shows in Ireland are ending it.
“It was supposed to start the comeback tour. And if there is a blessing in the curse, I can’t think of a better way to end the comeback tour, and the comeback tour, that to play in the greatest place on earth. So I feel very lucky.”
Brooks’ wife, fellow country superstar, Trisha Yearwood, accompanied him for the trip and the couple is using the time overseas as a vacation.
“Well Miss Yearwood, we are going to try to use it as a second honeymoon, so we are just going to run around the place. But we are also filming this, so the cameras are coming with us,” Brooks revealed.
Yearwood documented their journey on Instagram, including a recent visit to a Brooks Irish Bar.
“When in Ireland…,” she captioned her post alongside a winking smiley face.
Several fans have taken to social media to share snapshots of the couple in and around Dublin in recent days.
Brooks even sang “If Tomorrow Never Comes” for onlookers in a local pub.
Garth Brooks’ final two Croke Park concerts will take place on September 16th and 17th.