BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in: Entertainment: Showbiz
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Showbiz 
Music 
Film 
Arts 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Reviews 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Tuesday, 18 December, 2001, 12:13 GMT
Garth Brooks' divorce finalised
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks has "retired" from touring
Country singer Garth Brooks has finally divorced his wife of 15 years, more than two years after they separated.

The 39-year-old filed for divorce from Sandy on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.

Although the papers were filed in November 2000, they revealed the couple had been separated since March 1999.

The pair have three daughters aged four, six and eight.

Brooks has sold more than 100 million albums and helped the resurgence of country and western music.

Navy aircraft carrier

He announced his retirement from touring in 1999, to the disappointment of his many fans.

The previous year he had sold 5.3 million tickets for his 100-city tour.

He also took a break from touring in 1992 when he cancelled a string of concerts so he could be with his family.

Earlier this year he gave a welcome home concert for the crew of Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and their families as they returned from extended deployment.

Making history

At the time he said it was not a permanent return to the live circuit, but a deal with the CBS television network to screen four specials had enticed him back.

Brooks' top selling albums include 1990's No Fences and Grammy-winning Ropin' the Wind in 1991, which was the first album in history to debut at number one in the Billboard pop and country charts.

He has received almost every music award in both country and pop fields, including a total of 13 American Music Awards.

See also:

15 Aug 00 | Entertainment
Brooks plans fan museum
16 Dec 99 | Entertainment
Country king Garth's 'retirement'
08 Oct 00 | Entertainment
Garth Brooks announces divorce
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Showbiz stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Showbiz stories