Randy Travis does not have any children of his own, and in a recent interview, his wife, Mary, revealed that that is not because he did not want them.
Mary told Taste of Country that Travis' age difference with his ex-wife, Lib Hatcher, was the most significant factor in the singer not having children.
In 1991, Travis and Hatcher, who had a 16-year age difference, tied the knot and were together for 19 years. The two divorced in 2010.
Randy Travis receives an award during the CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2018, in Nashville. | Photo: Getty Images
"He wanted children," explained Mary. "I think his relationship with Lib, who was so much older than him and they were not able to, is what he explained to me."
Mary added that she thinks it was simply more the elements of the relationship that Travis had during those child-bearing years.
She went on to say that children are very special to her husband, adding that if a fan had a crying baby, the singer would take that crying baby and put it on his lap.
"Maybe it was just that honey voice of his," Mary said, "that the baby would just look at him and be quiet."
Mary has been by Travis' side at all times. In March 2015, the couple exchanged their wedding vows in an emotional ceremony two years after he suffered his stroke.
In July 2013, Travis went to the emergency room griping of congestion.
Travis and Mary marked their fifth anniversary in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started. While at their home in Nashville during quarantine, the couple have discovered some time to introduce the singer to TikTok.
Travis has been promoting his new single, "Fool's Love Affair," to the popular video-sharing social networking service. The singer initially recorded the song as a demo in 1984.
It was the first music of Travis in quite a while as he proceeds with his recuperation from a near-fatal stroke in 2013, which makes it hard for him to talk.
In July 2013, Travis went to the emergency room griping of congestion. He was taken to Heart Hospital Baylor in Dallas. In the hospital, Travis was treated for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) brought about by a viral infection of the heart.
The vocalist's heart halted totally at a certain point. The doctors then hurried to put him on life support and into an induced coma.
After two days, Travis came out of that coma, and doctors found out that he had suffered a stroke. The stroke had affected the whole central region of his left brain.
Travis's lungs had collapsed and he was again in a coma . The singer was placed on life support. His then-fiancee, Mary, was informed by the medical providers that he had a one percent chance of survival, and that she should consider taking him off life support.
However, Mary turned to the doctors and instructed them to get on board, keeping Travis alive. Luckily, they did.
Travis was born Randy Traywick on May 4, 1959, in Marshville, N.C. He grew up on a rural farm. As a child, he started performing with his brother Ricky as The Traywick Brothers.