Darius Rucker first met his wife Beth in 1998. At the time, he was enjoying the height of Hootie & the Blowfish’s success and she was working at VH1 in New York.
Rucker spent the next year trying to convince her to date him. When she acquiesced, he immediately knew they were going to spend the rest of their lives together.
“I don’t know what it was about her. I mean, it was everything about her,” Rucker shared of his bride. “I told her I was going to marry her on our first date.”
His premonition was correct. The pair tied the knot on December 9, 2000.
Beth gave birth to their first child, Daniella, the following year. Their son Jack came along in 2005 and their family was then complete (Rucker is also father to Caroline from a previous relationship).
The singer credits a great deal of his success to his wife. In fact, she was the one who convinced him to pursue his dream of recording a country album.
“He’s a great singer and he writes great songs. He had to do it,” she previously explained to Parade.
They faced their share of struggles over the years, but they have managed to see their marriage through. It’s something that the award-winning singer does not take for granted.
“Beth’s a strong woman. It takes a strong woman to be married to a musician, especially a musician who was drinking and partying as hard as I was, and I think life for us is where we are now,” he shared. “It took a long time for us to get to where we are now, and we say to each other all the time, ‘I love us. I love our family. I love us.’”