Faith Hill is finally opening up about her birth mother.
Gearing up for the release of their first-ever duets album together, Hill and husband Tim McGraw met up with Billboard magazine to discuss everything from family to gun control, the country singer taking a moment to open up about her birth mother.
While Hill’s parents didn’t keep it a secret she was adopted, they did lie to her about one important aspect of how the country singer came to be up for adoption. Growing up, Hill’s adopted parents – Edna (a bank teller) and Ted (a factory worker) – claimed her mother put her up for adoption following an affair with a married man, which later proved to be untrue.
“I used to think there was some kind of conspiracy, that I must be the daughter of one of my aunts. And of course, I used to dream I was Elvis’ daughter,” she says. “I have a great family: salt of the earth, hardworking. But I’m a gypsy at heart. I had a spirit that was completely outside what my family was. I didn’t know anyone I was related to, biologically, which gives you a sense of not knowing who you are.”
In her adult life, the country singer set out to find her birth family, finally locating her birth mother in her early 20s after moving from Star, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. The country singer found out her birth mother was a professional painter and that she also had a full brother.
While the fact that her mother was an artist helped Hill understand why she always felt like she was different, they never became close, her mother passing away in 2007. McGraw added Hill and her mother “were just getting to know one another better” at the time of her passing.
McGraw and Hill’s The Rest of Our Life album is set to hit stores Nov. 17.