In a 2017 interview with Billboard, Faith Hill finally opened up about a very personal part of her life. The singer hasn’t gone out of her way to hide her adoption from fans as it was an important part of what makes her today. But Hill discovered that there was more to her birth mother’s story then she had been told.
While gearing up for the release of their first-ever duet album together, Hill and husband Tim McGraw met up with the magazine to discuss everything from family to gun control. During the interview, the country singer took a moment to open up about her birth mother.
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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 claimed her mother put her up for adoption following an affair with a married man. While that proved to be untrue, Hill explained what it was like growing up.
“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 biological mother in her early 20s after moving from Star, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Eventually, she found out her birth mother was a professional painter, adding that she also had a full brother.
Eased by the fact that her birth mother was an artist helped Hill understand why she always felt like she was different. Unfortunately, their relationship stayed distant as the two never became close. McGraw stepped in adding, “They were just getting to know one another better,” when Hill’s biological mother passed away in 2007.
Luckily for the country singer, her man supported her during this tough time.