Entertainment Music Country Tim McGraw Recalls Moment He 'Went Straight' to Faith Hill to Help Him Get Sober: 'Changed My Life' Tim McGraw and Faith Hill share daughters Gracie, 24, Maggie, 23, and Audrey, 19 By Rachel DeSantis Rachel DeSantis Instagram Twitter Rachel DeSantis is a writer/reporter covering music at PEOPLE. She has held various roles since joining the brand in 2019, and was previously a member of the human interest team. As a music writer, Rachel interviews everyone from rock-and-roll legends to up-and-coming stars for magazine feature stories and digital news stories. Rachel is based in New York City, and previously worked as an entertainment reporter at the New York Daily News after getting her start as an Entertainment Weekly intern. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 26, 2021 01:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Tim McGraw has been sober since 2008, and the country star says it was hitting rock bottom and turning to wife Faith Hill for support that helped get him to the place he is today. McGraw, 54, recalled a difficult moment during his battle with alcoholism in a new interview with Esquire, and said he was struck with fear after waking up early to drink. "I remember a moment when I was getting out of bed and going to the liquor cabinet and taking a big shot at 8:00 in the morning and thinking, I have to wake the kids up," he said, referring to daughters Gracie, 24, Maggie, 23, and Audrey, 19, whom he shares with Hill. The "Humble and Kind" singer said the moment made him turn immediately to Hill, his wife of nearly 25 years, for help and support. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and their daughters. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Tim McGraw Honors Wife Faith Hill on Wedding Anniversary: 'It Only Matters If I'm with You' "I went straight to my wife and said, 'This is where I'm at.' I was scared. She just grabbed me and hugged me and changed my life," he told Esquire. McGraw previously told PEOPLE that whiskey was his drink of choice, but that he had difficulty limiting the amount he drank, and that it got "to the point where I felt it was negatively affecting my relationships and getting in the way of things I wanted to accomplish in life." Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. John Shearer/Getty Images With Hill to lean on, McGraw got sober in 2008, and has since embraced a healthier lifestyle. He and the "Breathe" singer, 53, tied the knot in October 1996 after meeting and falling in love on tour that same year. RELATED VIDEO: Tim McGraw Says 'Tears Just Started Coming' After Youngest Daughter Graduated High School "My wife always says, 'You're not scared of anything.' I say, 'Ehhh, one thing. I'm looking at it right now,'" McGraw told Esquire. "I didn't know love could feel so good. Was it an emotion? Was it a lifestyle? Was it an imaginary thing? But love is all of those things." The three-time Grammy winner also noted that he and Hill have found that expressing anger is a healthy outlet for them, and that they're not afraid to fight in front of their three daughters. "Loveis being angry. Love is not talking for a day. Love is getting in each other's face. Love is accepting that I'm wrong. Love is a 360-degree thing. It's not linear," McGraw said. "They always say you're not supposed to fight in front of your kids. Everybody fights in front of their kids. That's part of the deal." Tim McGraw Is 'Really Proud' His Daughters 'Don't Tolerate Injustice' and 'Speak Up About It' Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Tim McGraw/Instagram The happy couple celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary in October 2020, and McGraw shared a touching tribute to Instagram at the time, writing that they'd "loved, laughed and cried through exciting, inspiring and heartbreaking events in our lives together." "U have been a role model for 3 remarkable young women who have made me a better man than I ever thought I could be. The future will surely hold more of all of these things," he wrote at the time. "It only matters if I'm with you. It only works if I'm with you. My oxygen only exists if you're by my side. Forever and always living and loving our way through anything @faithhill." If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.