When the court ruled on Garth and Sandy Mahl’s divorce case in 2001, the attention shifted to Garth Brooks’ tenth studio album — Scarecrow. Even her name was replaced by “Garth Brooks ex-wife” tag on country music media reports. In recent years, some media outlets have created false stories, insinuating that she is dead. So, what happened to Garth’s first wife, Sandy Mahl?
After fifteen years in the limelight, Garth Brooks’ first wife chose a private life. Despite being a talented songwriter, Sandy does not assist musicians in writing songs anymore. Since she isn’t even on social media, it’s hard to tell if she still maintains her passion for country music.
- 1 Sandy and Garth pre-fame relationship
- 2 Why did Garth and Sandy break up?
- 3 Divorce settlement
- 4 Sandy Mahl children
- 5 Sandy Mahl’s battle with breast cancer
- 6 Sandy Mahl’s thoughts on his ex-husband and his current wife — Trisha Yearwood
- 7 Who is Sandy Mahl married to now?
- 8 Sandy Mahl’s new occupation and interests
Sandy and Garth pre-fame relationship
Sandy met Garth in college in the mid-1980s. Both were students at Oklahoma State at the time where music was part of the college’s culture. While they had other interests, their shared love for music drew them close after college.
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During Garth’s earlier life as a musician, Sandy was involved in writing music for him. For example, she co-wrote That Summer, which became one of the biggest songs in the early 1990s. She was also part of the touring team that gave Garth status in country music.
Why did Garth and Sandy break up?
When they finalized their divorce in 2001, there were many conjecture stories on the cause of their breakup. For most fans, they were the perfect celebrity couple for more than 15 years. Despite many conflicting reports, they did not give details on their disagreement then.
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In 2013, Garth gave the world a snippet of what happened to their marriage. In an interview on The Ellen Show, he indirectly admitted that he was emotionally detached from his wife. Due to this detachment, they started to drift apart. In an exclusive report by PEOPLE, these developments led to Garth Brook’s cheating.
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Also, he loved Trisha Yearwood, even though he was married to Sandy. Although Sandy is yet to share when she realized her ex-husband was cheating, divorcing the county music superstar was not an option. She filed the divorce case in late 1999.
The 15-years marriage ended after a long legal battle. Apart from being a highly publicized divorce case in the early 2000s, Garth Brooks divorce settlement is still one of country music’s most expensive settlements. She received $125 million as a divorce settlement.
They got joint custody of their three daughters. However, the children have spent more time with Garth than with Sandy.
For close to two decades, Sandy has not spoken about her trauma of divorcing her college boyfriend. Also, her interests in writing and creating music have faded since the lengthy divorce process.
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Sandy Mahl children
Sandy Mahl has three children from her previous marriage. They are Taylor Pearl, August Anna, and Allie Colleen. Although Sandy and Garth divorced when Allie (the last-born) was five years, they have given the girls all the parental love, thanks to co-parenting.
During the transition from marriage, Garth retired from music. While the musician wanted to retire early, he now had more time with his children. Garth confessed to Ellen that until this time, he knew little about his daughters.
Thanks to their decision to co-parent, Sandy Mahl’s children have fond memories of their parents. In Garth’s latest documentary, “The Road I’m On,” the three girls respect and love their mother.
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Sandy Mahl’s battle with breast cancer
Shortly after Garth remarried in 2005, Sandy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her cancer journey did not get a lot of media buzz for two reasons. One, she did not share any details about her treatment. Second, Sandy Mahl Brooks cancer story was overshadowed by her ex-husband’s new wife — Trisha Yearwood.
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What happened to Garth’s first wife after the diagnosis? Luckily, she is now cancer-free. In a photo that was posted on Twitter, she looks healthy and happy.
Sandy Mahl’s thoughts on his ex-husband and his current wife — Trisha Yearwood
Surprisingly, Sandy and Garth are supportive of each other, even after their divorce. In the new documentary, Sandy’s tone, when describing her ex-husband, is respectful and does not use the platform to settle scores.
However, Sandy’s most surprising thing is how supportive she was about the idea of her ex-husband’s marrying Trisha Yearwood. Since they were in communications with Garth, she encouraged him to remarry.
Thanks to Sandy’s progressive views and encouraging his ex-husband to remarry, her three daughters have grown in one of the best blended-families. They are happy with Trisha Yearwood as their step-mother.
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Who is Sandy Mahl married to now?
Even though her ex-husband remarried after four years, Sandy is still single. In his documentary, Garth tries to speculate why his ex-wife is still single. The country music superstar describes his ex-wife as a passionate person who takes her time before committing to something.
Although the 55-year old has been single for close to two decades, she may give marriage another shot. Unfortunately, it will be hard to know Sandy’s thoughts on remarrying or love since she is not on any social media.
Sandy Mahl’s new occupation and interests
Where is Garth Brooks ex-wife now? For the last 19 years, Sandy Mahl has been absent from the music scene. She is no longer writing songs or contributing to any country music album artistically. However, she found a new love for animals.
Sandy is a vice president of Wild Heart Ranch. As part of the management board, she oversees different wildlife rescue missions from human interferences. Also, Sandy is involved in protecting indigenous animals in Oklahoma.
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In addition to working with the organization, she is passionate about creating government-private partnerships. She is currently part of the team creating systems that will assist government agencies in reducing human interferences on wildlife.
Apart from his work in protecting animals, Sandy Mahl is a mobilizer. While Wild Heart Ranch is a self-sufficient organization, there is a need to fund some projects out the organization’s mandate by bringing looking for donors.
So, what happened to Garth’s first wife? Well, the 2001 divorce was a turning point for Sandy Mahl. While she is a talented songwriter, she chose to live a private life, away from country music. Sandy is currently a board member and vice president of Wild Heart Ranch — an organization rescuing vulnerable wildlife in Oklahoma. She has not remarried but lives a happy and fulfilling life.
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