Tanya Tucker First Met Her Love Craig Dillingham 48 Years Ago — Glimpse into Their Love Story

Country music star Tanya Tucker, who was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, is dating musician Craig Dillingham. They met when they were 13 years old!

Born in October 1958, Tucker has been involved in the entertainment industry since she was only a child. When she was 13 years old, she released "Delta Dawn," and it became her first single on Billboard magazine's country singles chart.

[Craig Dillingham] has "always loved" Tanya Tucker.

Tanya Tucker and Craig Dillingham on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Tanya Tucker and Craig Dillingham on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images


It was also when she was 13 that she met her current boyfriend, Craig Dillingham. As People reported, Tucker and Dillingham's first meeting took place almost five decades ago at a radio station in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dillingham, who was also 13, was a country music singer with a promising career, just like Tucker. He had been singing in a family group and, at the time, was the opening act of the one and only Ray Price.

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🌹 I was just with John Prine in Florida at 30A Songwriters Festival. People stayed in the blowing rain and his guitar was getting soaked. So I ran out and started wiping his guitar down and then his shoes. John eventually realized it was me! We sang Angel From Montgomery together. My mind went back to 1978 when I recorded it on the TNT album. I asked John to sing harmony. He said, "I can’t sing harmony," but he did and it was great back then in 78. And it was great in Florida that day in the rain. Backstage, I introduced my boyfriend Craig, on the left, to his beautiful wife Fiona and John. I keep going back to those precious memories. I will treasure what little time we all got to spend together that day. My heart bleeds for my birthday buddy. We pinky swore that we were gonna celebrate our birthdays Oct. 10 together this year. My prayers go out to Fiona and the entire family. #restinpeace

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Tucker and Dillingham's careers took different paths. She became one of the most prolific and famous country musicians with plenty of hit songs throughout the decades while he preferred to write songs and performed in regional markets.

Fortunately, in July 2019, their paths crossed again when Lee Ann Womack, Frank Liddell's wife, invited Dillingham to a show in Michigan where she and Tucker were sharing a bill. From that point on, Dillingham and Tucker have been dating.


It was not the first time that they tried to take their friendship to the next level, though. Since they have been in and out of each other's lives as friends for decades, they unsuccessfully dated in the early 90s and 2008.

This time, however, is different. Tucker explained:

"I didn't love him that way, and now I do. I love him, and I know it, and I have no doubt about it."

Tanya Tucker's boyfriend even considers that God put them back together "for a reason," which is probably one of the reasons they have been together ever since they reconnected at that July 2019 Michigan show.

The fact that he is also involved in the entertainment industry makes it easier for him to understand her professional life. She even believes that if "it ain't him," she's done with dating.

At the moment, it is too soon to tell if they are going to tie the knot. However, the Texas Country Music Hall of Famer pointed out that she had nothing against marriage and that, since she considers it is "very sacred," she wants to do it only once.

Craig Dillingham might be the one, especially because he has "always loved" Tanya Tucker, said the 61-year-old country music star.


Even though Tucker has never married anyone, she has been romantically involved with a few other famous men. In fact, she is reportedly known for being uncommitted to her romantic partners.

Late country music star Glen Campbell was one of the most famous men she dated. One of the most shocking aspects of their relationship was that he was 22 years older than her.

The former couple, who were briefly engaged in 1981, had a rocky romance, but as Tucker admitted in an interview with Inside Edition, she only remembers the good times. She explained:

"If anything was a problem for us, it was the jealousy thing. He didn't trust me as much as he could have – he should have."

Sadly, Glen Campbell passed away on August 8, 2017, following a long battle with Alzheimer's. To honor him, Tucker released a song titled "Forever Loving You."

Apart from Glen Campbell, Tucker was also engaged to producer Jerry Laseter, the father of her daughter Layla. The dad of her two other children, daughter Presley and son Grayson, is actor Ben Reed.

Nowadays, Tanya Tucker and Craig Dillingham are still together, and she usually posts photos and videos of him on social media.

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