Tim McGraw Speaks on the Domestic Abuse His Mom Suffered When He Was Young

Tim McGraw didn’t have an easy childhood, and during a recent interview on The Blair Garner Show, the Louisiana native recalled the domestic abuse she endured when he was a kid.

Tim’s mom, Betty Trimble, became pregnant with him when she was a senior in high school.

“There was a lot of moments because my mom was a strong woman and she raised us three kids and went through a lot of abuse in her marriages,” he said. “So we saw a lot of that growing up and saw a lot of the black eyes and bloody noses and all that thing around our house.”

When asked about whether he attempted to intervene during an episode of abuse, Tim responded, “I got beat up a couple of times trying to get in the middle of it. Yeah, for sure.”

Then he recounted one specific moment when he was 13 years old.

“I got up late at night, it’s about two in the morning, and my mom had worked like three jobs at a time to try to keep the bills paid,” he shared. “And I remember specifically getting up one night to go get a glass of water and she was at our kitchen table, and she had bills spread out everywhere. She had her head down, she was crying and she didn’t see me walk by. I didn’t know what to say. It was just so heartbreaking to me and it’s sort of… I don’t know that I really got it at that point. But older in life, I reflect on that a lot. I reflect on that scene and seeing my mom and how she hid that from us. And I just happened to catch that moment.”

Now the singer is celebrating his mom with his new single, “I Called Mama,” the cover art for which features a photo of her as a teenager. 

What a story. Thanks Tim!