The members of Little Big Town have had their share of love and loss over the years. Kimberly Schlapman’s first husband, Steven Roads, died from a heart attack in 2005. When she fell in love with her husband Stephen Schlapman, it was the last thing she expected. They were old friends who bonded over losing people close to them.
“We had both been through similar losses,” she said. “He hadn’t lost a mate but he had lost a close friend, so we kind of bonded over that. I grieved at him a lot. He took my grief, I had a lot of grief left, and he just took it and listened and accepted it and was so understanding and let me talk about my late husband all the time. We still talk about him a lot, and he’s totally fine with it.
“He says that, that made me who he fell in love with and he never minds if I bring anything from the past up, which is just really sweet,” she continued. “I was shocked. I remember when I first realized that I was having feelings. I just thought, ‘OK, this is so weird. What is this? I haven’t felt this in a long, long, time. This is weird.’ But, eventually I allowed myself and it’s been the most beautiful gift of my life. It pulled me out of the deepest hole that I’ve ever been in and healed me.”
Another Little Big Town love story with a twist happened between band members Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild after years spent dating other people and keeping their feelings tucked just below the surface. The couple married in 2006 and welcomed a son in 2010.
“We were in the band a long time before there was ever anything which is interesting,” Jimi said. “I think there was always something underlying there that we were trying to ignore. And then when the opportunity came, when all of us, ended up single kind of at the same time, a very strange turn of events for the band in a lot of different ways. And those feelings, you were able to come out with them finally. It was like, we’re single. Let’s get together. And, you know, she has a beautiful heart and she’s absolutely gorgeous and I just love her dearly.”