Meet Sandy Mahl, Garth Brook’s Ex-Wife!

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Sandy Mahl is the ex-wife of country singer, Garth Brooks.

Mahl is currently involved in wildlife rehabilitation. She has also been credited for writing a couple of songs.

Early Life of Sandy Mahl

Sandy Mahl was born on January 15, 1965, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the same hospital as her ex-husband who was born three years prior. She was born to John and Pat Mahl. She grew up with her sister, Debbie Mahl Holden.

Mahl was a cheerleader during her school days. She was also a part of the track team and played basketball as well.

Marriage with Garth Brooks

Sandy Mahl and Garth Brooks tied the knot on May 24, 1986.

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They first met at the Tumbleweed Ballroom bar in Stillwater, Oklahoma where Garth was a bouncer. Sandy was in the middle of a fight and Garth was trying to stop the chaos. However, in Mahl’s version of the story, she and her partner met on the dance floor. Anyhow, they started dating soon after.

Both of them were students at Oklahoma State University and lived in neighboring dorms. Their first date was just walking around the college.

Divorce in 2001

Sandy Mahl and Garth Brooks went separate ways in December 2001. Their divorce was due to Garth’s busy career.

He’d be gone eight to 10 weeks at a time. He’d come home, and there would be number-one parties, or shows, or CMAs, or ACMs, American Music Awards, so it was constanly going. But, we both grew apart really, really quickly.

Mahl reveals the major reason for their divorce.

Mahl received $125 million during their divorce settlement.

Sandy and I both agree that we need to get divorced. Right now, we’re focused on the impact it will have on the children and how to handle the best to remain parents even if we don’t remain husband and wife.

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After getting divorced, Sandy didn’t get into a relationship. However, Garth started dating Trisha Yearwood in 2002. They engaged in 2005 and married on December 13, 2005.

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Mother of Three

Sandy and her former partner have three kids together.

They are the greatest joy and the greatest heartache you’ll ever have. The saying is, as long as your babes are healthy, everything else you can deal with. If they have Ds, if they flunk, you deal with it. You can introduce them to the Lord, teach them manners, teach them to believe in themselves, but the truth is, they’re going to be who they’re going to be.

They welcomed their first daughter, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks was born on July 8, 1992, by natural birth at Nashville Baptist Hospital. She was named after the singer, James Taylor, and comedian, Minnie Pearl. She did her post-graduate in Theology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Taylor Mayne during Allie Colleen's wedding.
Taylor Mayne is the eldest of Sandy’s three kids.
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Garth and Sandy welcomed their second child, August Anna Brooks on May 3, 1994. She is dating her lesbian partner at the moment. However, she was married to Chance Michael Russell previously. She has two kids with her former spouse, Karalynn Grace, and Gwendolyn Russell.

August and her girlfriend Collage.
A collage of August and her girlfriend.
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Their youngest child, Allie Colleen Brooks Roberts was born on July 28, 1996. She completed her songwriting and music business degree from Belmont University. She has been married to Jonathan Roberts since November 2018.

Garth Brooks, Agusut Anna, and Allie Colleen.
Garth with his two daughters, August and Allie.
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Garth and Sandy took care of their kids jointly post-divorce.

They saw both their parents in the morning and both their parents in the evening, and for 14 years. That was how we ran it, because we knew it was right for those kids. If you did what was right for the kids, you were going to do what was right for you. It was simple.

Garth on raising his kids after divorce.

Sandy’s Career

Sandy Mahl was a credited songwriter. She has written a couple of songs for her former partner.

She wrote her first song, I’ve Got a Good Thing Going in 1989. Three years later, she wrote, That Summer, which ranked #1 on the Billboard Country Charts in 1993.

Garth Brooks’ That Summer!

After her divorce, Sandy got into wildlife rehabilitation. She has since co-founded Wild Heart Ranch in Rogers County, Oklahoma alongside Annette King Tucker.

Sandy, pasisonate about wildlife rehabilitation, jumped on board to get licensed by the State and assist with the wokr of raising hundreds of infant wild animals. Several years later, Sandy assisted in founding and funding the non profit so it could expand and grow and be a full time, all species, all situation facility.

Garth: The Road I’m On

Sandy has also appeared in his husband’s documentary titled, Garth: The Road I’m On in 2019.

Garth’s documentary trailer!

In the documentary, Mahl revealed her time with Garth and their divorce.

I was gone so much on the road, there were things I guess she was trying to tell me that I didn’t hear until this biography. It’s rare you get to hear the other side.

Garth reveals about his divorce!

Garth didn’t know how his ex-wife felt during their separation. Her revelation made him realize what really caused the divorce!

I just saw her and I think I hugged her harder than I ever have now that I know things that either I didn’t hear or that she didn’t say until now.

Kidnapped at Gunpoint

In 2006, the same year she was diagnosed with breast cancer, a man working on her Oklahoma property kidnapped her at gunpoint to evade a bail bondsman.

Sandy was forced to drive for several miles. When the car stopped, she fled unscathed into a convenience store. The man was later arrested.

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