Country crooner Tim McGraw endured a broken foot injury during a Raleigh, N.C. concert earlier this month while on his "Emotional Traffic Tour," but recent reports reveal the singer had been working out, performing and dancing on his broken foot long before it finally "snapped." In a recent interview with CMT.com, McGraw revealed the details behind his broken foot, explaining the injury was present long before he took the fall on stage.
WEEKS BEFORE THE BONE BREAK
"I don't know if it happened running or in the part of the show where I jump off speakers. It could've happened any number of ways," the 44-year-old Louisiana native told CMT.com's Alison Bonaguro.
CO-TOUR PAL LUKE BRYAN DIDN'T PUSH HIM
The fall that took Tim down on stage two weeks ago resulted in a rush to the emergency room and landed the singer in a cast. He insisted the show must go on and now, two weeks later, McGraw's finally ready to divulge to fans that he was hurt before the concert - not on stage and definitely not by co-tour performer and country music star Luke Bryan, something he had joked about prior to the injury being picked up in the press.
MCGRAW: "I KEPT RUNNING...AND IT FINALLY JUST BROKE"
"You know, it hurt for a while, and I kept running and kept working out and kept doing shows. And for a couple weeks, it just kept getting worse and worse, and it finally got to where I couldn't walk, and it was really swollen."
HOW FAITH HILL SAVED HIS FOOT
The 178-pound McGraw, who took on a no-alcohol policy and tough workout routine nearly a year ago to trim up, credits his wife's nagging for getting him to the doctor for his injured foot. Married since 1996, Tim McGraw is used to wife Faith Hill's better-for-him fitness advice (a la being tortured with Pilates), but it was her healthy hunch that had his foot under the care of a doc before things really got bad.
MCGRAW MISSING WORKOUTS, NOT TOUR DESPITE INJURY
"It's like a green twig break. It started out as a stress fracture, and I kept pounding it, pounding it and pounding it, and it got worse and worse," McGraw revealed after his Chicago tour stop on Saturday night. "I think I'm not taking care of it as well as I should," McGraw added of staying on tour despite his foot injury. "I have a machine that's sort of like an elliptical, but it's a seated elliptical that I use a couple of times a day."
FEARFUL HIS 40-POUND WEIGHT SHED WILL RETURN
McGraw lost nearly 40 pounds last year by keeping up with a strict running routine and healthy diet. Fearful he'll pile the pounds back on, he's sporting a corrective boot for four weeks so he can keep moving and avoid a sedentary lifestyle while he's foot heals.
TIM: "I WILL FIND A GYM WHEREVER I GO"
"Nothing replaces running," he said. "But at least it's something. And I still work out. I can still lift...We find a gym every place we go."
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