By People Staff
March 26, 2001 12:00 PM

While his wife, pop singer Amy Grant, was pregnant with their first child, country star Vince Gill had apparently been eating for three. At a Nashville record party last January, Gill, 43, showed up in jeans and a baggy sweater, 20 lbs. heavier and joking about his growing girth. “Amy’s seven months pregnant,” he said, “and I’m fatter than ever!”

The arrival of Corrina Grant Gill on March 12 should help Dad start losing some of those inches, as well as plenty of sleep. With the children from their first marriages (Grant’s three, ages 8 to 13, with her ex-husband, songwriter Gary Chapman, and Gill’s 18-year-old daughter with ex-wife Janis of the country duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo) in attendance at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, Grant, 40, gave birth to a 7-lb. 9-oz. daughter without complications. “When I got there, Vince was holding the baby,” says Larry Fitzgerald, Gill’s manager and friend. “I’ve never seen that look on his face. He’s so peaceful. Now he and Amy have something they can really share.”

For once, it won’t be heartbreak. Following Grant’s divorce from Chapman in 1999 after 16 years of marriage (Gill’s 17-year union with Janis Gill had ended two years earlier), Amy and Vince began dating in the summer of ’99, six years after striking up a friendship on a TV Christmas special he hosted and on which she sang. After their divorces became final, the two wed quietly on March 10, 2000. “It seems to me people are allowed to get on with their lives,” says their pal Nashville disc jockey Gerry House. “People want to see people be happy and raise their little baby. Life goes on.”