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The One Thing Worrying Garth Brooks Most About His Wife Having COVID

Trisha Yearwood was diagnosed with COVID-19, and Brooks is worried "as her husband and as a fan."

Country singer Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID, according to her husband and fellow star, Garth Brooks. Brooks released a statement about his wife's diagnosis, which touches on the specific fears he has when it comes to the potential long-term effects she may face. The statement, which was shared on both artists' Facebook pages, explains that the couple had already been quarantining after "a member of their team" tested positive, and that they are now extending that quarantine due to Yearwood's diagnosis. As for Brooks, he has tested negative twice.

Read on to find out why Brooks is concerned for Yearwood "as a fan" as well as a family member, and for more recent news o the pandemic, This Is When We Can Expect the Next COVID Surge, Experts Say.

Brooks and Yearwood both canceled work commitments after being exposed to the virus.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks pose together in a post on her Instagram
Trisha Yearwood/Instagram

On Feb. 11, both Brooks and Yearwood tweeted a statement about their COVID exposure.

"Due to someone on their team testing positive for COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are cancelling everything and testing and quarantining for two weeks," the statements reads.

Now, two weeks later, they have announced that Yearwood also tested positive. The most recent statement says that the singers "are going to be spending a bit more time" in isolation because of her diagnosis.

Yearwood and Brooks also told their fans that severe weather in Tennessee where they live meant that they weren't able to get tested until a week after their initial exposure, and that they continued to quarantine after their tests.

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Yearwood is experiencing symptoms but is on the mend.

Trisha Yearwood at the 2019 CMT Music Awards
Debby Wong /

The statement explains that Yearwood is "doing okay so far" but has a symptomatic case of the virus.

Yearwood hasn't commented directly about what her illness has been like, but the statement includes some personal quotes from her husband.

"The Queen and I have now tested twice," Brooks said. "Officially, she's diagnosed as 'on her way out of the tunnel' now, though, which I'm extremely thankful for."

The Grammy winner also said that "prayers and good thoughts" are welcome. "If anyone asks, that's what you can do for her," Brooks added. "That's what I'm doing."

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Brooks is concerned about a possible lasting effect on Yearwood's voice.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks wear COVID masks in a post on her Instagram
Trisha Yearwood/Instagram

Brooks' statement turns particularly emotional when he shares his worry about the impact the disease may have on Yearwood's ability to perform.

"Living with her, I sometimes take it for granted she's one of the greatest voices in all of music, so the possible long-term effects on her concern me as her husband and as a fan," he explained. "We're very lucky she is currently under the greatest care in the best city for treating and healing singers." (Brooks and Yearwood live near Nashville, the epicenter of country music.)

Yearwood has had many hit songs in her career, including "In Love with the Boy," "XXXs and OOOs," and "How Do I Live." She's won three Grammys and, in recent years, has also branched out into writing cookbooks and hosting her Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

Read more about long-term effects of COVID in Dr. Fauci Says These Are the COVID Symptoms That Don't Go Away.

The stars are battling through this together.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks at the ASCAP Centennial Awards in 2014
Debby Wong /

Brooks and Yearwood have been married for 15 years, and Yearwood's COVID diagnosis is one more hurdle they're confronting as a unit.

"Anyone who knows me knows my world begins and ends with Miss Yearwood, so she and I will ride through this together," Brooks continued. "And anyone who knows her knows she's a fighter and she's been doing everything right, so I know we'll walk out the other side of this thing together."

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Lia Beck
Lia Beck is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to Best Life, she has written for Refinery29, Bustle, Hello Giggles, InStyle, and more. Read more
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