How Amy Grant And Vince Gill Really Got Together

What's the real story behind Amy Grant and Vince Gill's romance? The Christian artist and country star married all the way back in 2000 and are considered to be one of the most successful and loved up couples in music (a world where, let's be honest, marriages don't exactly tend to last too long), but did you know these two faced a series of adultery allegations and bumps in the road when they first got together?

Yep, despite Grant and Gill being the super sweet, loved up couple we all know and love, the two have actually both been married before. Years before meeting one another, Gill married singer Janis Oliver in 1980, and, two years later when she was just 21 years old, Grant married songwriter Gary Chapman. Both welcomed children in those marriages, with Grant being a mom of three and Gill was a dad of one. It was the demise of their previous relationships that saw the two embroiled in scandal before they married at the start of the new millennium, with plenty of rumors swirling about how the happy couple officially got together. But what really happened here?

Amy Grant and Vince Gill met while married to other people

It sounds like it was a case of divine timing for Amy Grant and Vince Gill, as it took quite a while from the day they first met to become a couple. Speaking to ABC News in 2003, the now couple confirmed they first met in 1994 when they met up to film the music video for their duet, "House of Love." "I think that a part of me loved him instantly," Grant admitted of Gill, "I felt like I knew him instantly. I was so moved by him as a human being that I went up behind him and just hugged him as hard as I could while he was singing. I just said, 'I just needed to hug you all night.'" Gill also revealed he was pretty taken with Grant and started to dance with her upon that first meeting. But, with both being married and strong in their faith, they claimed nothing romantic ever happened — though Gill admitted he always felt he and Grant would be together one day, even writing the song "Whenever You Come Around" about their situation.

Gill's marriage was the first to crumble, with Janis Oliver filing for divorce in 1997 and blaming irreconcilable differences as the reason for their breakup, per Chicago Tribune. As noted by Cross Rhythms, around the same time, rumors were flying that Gill's feelings for Grant may potentially have gotten in the way of his marriage.

Amy Grant denied an affair with Vince Gill

Despite the tabloid speculation, in the wake of Vince Gill's divorce, Amy Grant stayed married for almost two more years — something she made a conscious decision to do. "It's not that I stopped believing in God, but everything felt like a charade," she explained to ABC News of what staying in her marriage to Gary Chapman while Gill was divorced was really like, noting of the affair rumors, "[Gill had] never ever, ever invited me out of my world into his. Ever." Grant separated from Chapman in 1998, with the latter explaining to USA Weekend, "The only real conflict we ever had was whether she was going to stay or go." Around that same time, Gill stayed quiet about the tabloid speculation, but did write the song "The Key" about his divorce and the death of his father. "I've never said a word, and I won't. I think it's disrespectful not only to myself, but to everybody else involved," he told USA Today.

But those tight lips didn't last too long. In September 1999, the twosome attended a hockey game together, per The Tennessean. They continued their public outings with a golf trip the following month, where Gill told The Oklahoman, "I'm a single man. She's a single woman. Yes, she's my girlfriend." The following year, Gill and Grant tied the knot and she fell pregnant with their daughter. The rest, as they say, is history!