LARRY KING, CNN HOST, "LARRY KING LIVE": Tonight, music superstar Garth Brooks "Out of Her Time" and back in the spotlight. But I think that's more of a reflection of the audience I get to play for. So it's -- it's -- it's pretty easy to be -- there. KING: Do you ever look at yourself and say why do I -- why do I affect so many people -- why do I connect so well? And so part of our agreement was that I would retire from music, and we would stop touring and we would move back to Oklahoma, where Sandy is from. BROOKS: Yes, because the main thing -- you be -- you can stop being husband and wife, but you don't stop being mom and dad. Because these babies, they didn't ask to be brought in the world. They're your responsibility, and you -- you set with them and you raise them to a point to where you kind of let them go and they do their thing and you've got the rest of your life to then go do whatever it is you're looking for. I was going to put together a super board for the charity, we have the Teammate's charity that deals with professional athletes. BROOKS: Well, I think because there's a fine line between being an ass and standing up for what you believe in. And they're so much better than I am at everything and you get to be part of a group. I think it's very important that we don't overlook that, guys, we're going to make mistakes and -- KING: And the audience understands it? They'll forgive you once, but they want to see you learn. KING: Because in the other realms show business -- Bob Hope says, if you're a name, you have them for five minutes. BROOKS: Yes, I don't know about staying on top, but just being competitive, staying in there. But there's lots of guys that -- we were at a -- me and Ms. We went up to give Billy Joel a thing called a "Golden Note" that ASCAP gives for their people.
“It’s the perfect Christmas gift to each other,” Brooks says of their nuptials.
I missed it a lot, but to tell you the truth, I think I would have missed it more if I didn't find out like that, like everybody does, that nothing is better than being a parent. And go back to being what you were before you became an artist, and that was just a fan. And it's still very important for me to stay with it. And we still have two children left in high school, one is in college. So I was really worried how they were going to treat Miss Yearwood. And they treat us so -- because all three of us are always together. She is starting to find out who she is, because she went from her mom and dad's house to our house. And in this time, in this great point in her life, and she's prettier than she's ever been, and she's more joyful than she's ever been, she is finding herself. I mean, I would describe it as being naked outside and the temperature was very cold, if you know what I mean. And you did in front of the people that have given you the clothes on your back and the roof over your head. It was like walking into the pool of the perfectly warmest water. And those are also the great nights to try new things.
My hardest thing was to let go, to be happy for everybody and just to enjoy. But it's -- it's how we are in our -- in our world. And this was very important for me to stay with it. BROOKS: It's in between -- its north of Tulsa in between Owasso (ph) and Claremore, great two towns. And Sandy is right in the middle of that right now. You did it with a guy that truly believed in your talent, Steve Wynn. So when things aren't going well, instead of just falling apart, start learning, figure it out.
“This was somebody I always enjoyed being around, and we had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” Brooks explains.
“If you like her and don’t know her, you’ll love her.