George Strait is an accomplished country singer with several accolades under his belt. Career aside, he is a family man with kids he shares with his wife of over 50 years.
George Strait hit a milestone as he celebrated his birthday on May 18, 2022. At the age of 70, the “King of Country” has left quite a legacy in the music industry.
George's several accomplishments and accolades include over 68 million records sold in the US and 100 million worldwide. The Texas native also has had 60 top songs in the country charts, a feat only he has managed to achieve in country music history.
George and Norma Strait during the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Tom Petty on February 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
The Recording Industry Association of America has also recognized George's talents, awarding him 38 gold albums, 33 platinum albums, and 13 multi-platinum albums. Beyond the stage, he is a loving husband and father. Here's a glimpse into his personal life.
WHO IS GEORGE STRAIT MARRIED TO? MEET NORMA, HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART AND WIFE OF MORE THAN 50 YEARS
George and Norma's love story is one for the books. “We knew each other forever, growing up in a small town,” the artist said, referring to the first girl he ever loved.
Norma attended the same Texas school as George, but they did not grow apart, unlike other high school sweethearts. The “Write This Down” singer already knew that he had found a gem in Norma, and he didn't want to lose her.
George and Norma Strait during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images
The couple eloped on December 4, 1971; Norma was just 19. Although they were still young, the pair already knew they wanted to spend forever together. Shortly after, George enlisted in the army and left for Hawaii to serve the country. He recalled:
“So I was 19 years old, and I knew this girl, Norma. She was 17, really hot. So we fell in love.”
The following year, they welcomed a daughter, Jennifer Lynn, and in 1981, a son named George “Bubba” Strait Jr. Norma became a housewife while her husband furthered his successful music career.
George and Norma Strait during the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images
It has been decades since then, and no matter what challenges life has thrown at them, George and Norma always come out stronger than ever.
After the horrible accident, George and his family were left devastated.
“Norma and I are so blessed that we found each other 41 years ago,” he once said. “And [we] were able to do all of this together, experience this life together, to support each other through everything, good times and bad.”
George Strait at the 51st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at Music City Center on November 4, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee | Source: Getty Images
WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE AND NORMA STRAIT'S DAUGHTER JENNIFER? ALL WE KNOW ABOUT THE TRAGEDY THAT FOREVER CHANGED THE LIFE OF THE COUPLE
Jennifer was riding a car driven by then-18-year-old Gregory Allen when the vehicle rolled over as they made a turn. Unfortunately, she was not wearing her seat belt at the time.
George Strait during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images
After the horrible accident, George and his family were left devastated. He stepped away from the limelight to grieve. “I just kind of shut down,” he said. Although he can never get over his daughter's death, George manages to cope with the loss.