Over the years, Garth and Trisha continued to perform together and support one another through personal highs and lows, including Garth's divorce. In 2001, their friendship blossomed into a real-life love song. After being friends for nearly 20 years, Garth surprised Trisha in May 2005 with a marriage proposal.
In February 2006, Garth told Oprah how it feels to call Trisha his wife. "It feels great," he said. "It's still new to say, 'This is my wife, Trisha Yearwood.' ... It's nice. It's neat to get to marry your best friend."