In an interview in the new People magazine, which hits newsstands on Feb. 5, it has now been five years since Tim McGraw began his road to sobriety, which he said has helped him turn his life around. Zap2it.com reported on Feb. 1 that McGraw said he is in a good place in his life right now.
"I really feel like this new album is not a culmination of the things I've done, it's a new beginning of the things I am going to do," McGraw said. "I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life."
McGraw's drinking started to create problems in his 16-year marriage with fellow country star Faith Hill. The two fought a lot about his drinking problem and it looked like it might drive a wedge into their relationship. Finally, McGraw realized that the alcohol was destroying his life and hurting his family, including his three daughters, so he sought help to quit.
Along with the sobriety, McGraw has started working out and he said that has helped increase the energy of his concert performances. That should be great news for the fans that are excitedly waiting for his 30-city tour this spring.
Tim McGraw's new album, "Two Lanes of Freedom" hits stores on Feb. 5.
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