The Key to Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black’s Marriage: ‘We Continue To Laugh’

Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black; Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black; Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black; Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Lisa Hartman Black wasn’t much of a country music fan, but when she found herself with nothing to do on New Year’s Eve in 1990, she decided to attend a Clint Black concert.

“I didn’t have anything else to do, so I thought why not go see him?” the actress/singer told People. “I was really knocked out.”

The feeling was mutual.

“I didn’t know who she was, but when I saw her standing there with those beautiful blue eyes, I knew I wanted to see her again,” Black gushed.

Due to their busy schedules, things started off slowly, but everything changed when they found themselves with the same four days off.

“It was like somebody was watching from above and saying, ‘Y’all need to be together,’” Hartman Black said.

The pair became practically inseparable after that. She soon joined Black for the final two months of his tour.

“With Lisa with me, it didn’t matter if I was in a bus or a hotel room or a Winnebago in the middle of the desert, it made it home,” the singer shared and admitted that their favorite way to pass time on tour was “locking ourselves in a hotel room and ordering room service.”

Their relationship continued, but Hartman Black was a bit hesitant about the thought of marriage.

“I always felt you go through life and you have relationships and you learn and you grow and you change, and that’s what life is,” she explained. “The thought of spending my whole life with just one person didn’t make sense to me.”

Despite her initial reluctance, Hartman Black accepted the singer’s marriage proposal and the couple tied the knot on October 20, 1991, just ten months and 20 days after their initial meeting.

After a decade of marriage, the pair welcomed Lily Pearl, the couple’s first and only child (Black is also father to Chelsea Bain, his daughter from a previous relationship).

“We always loved kids, but they just weren’t in the plan … And once we decided, it was, ‘We can’t get one fast enough,” the couple shared.

On top of many shared personal achievements, Clint and Lisa have also enjoyed a number of career highlights together. In 1999, they released the award-winning duet, “When I Said I Do,” to country radio. The romantic ballad went on to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and even won the title of Vocal Event of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1999. They went on to record two additional duets, “Easy For Me To Stay” in 2001 and “You Still Get To Me” in 2016.

The couple also co-starred in two movies; 1998’s Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack and 2012’s Flicka: Country Pride.

How have they continued to maintain a healthy relationship for more than a quarter of a century?

“We continue to laugh,” Hartman Black tells Good Housekeeping. “We’ve gone through our struggles, like all couples, but we’ve continued to keep our sense of humor.”