Is country superstar Carrie Underwood quitting music? Well, maybe not so fast.
Underwood has been married to hockey player Mike Fisher for almost three years, but she said she would give up her career if it started to cause problems in their marriage.
"If Mike ever told me he needed me to quit [music], I'd quit. When you make that promise to somebody, and you stand before God and your family and friends, you've got to do everything that you possibly can to make that work," she said in her new People magazine cover story.
Wait a second. The six-time Grammy winner with 17 #1 songs would quit something that's been her passion since she was a little girl? Obviously she would want to do anything she could to save her marriage if she had to, but would Fisher give up his career if it was hurting their relationship? She doesn't say. To be fair, maybe he would and it got cut from the interview.
Earlier this year, Underwood didn't talk quitting. Instead he told Allure she takes her career very seriously. "My mom had a job, and she also took care of us, and she also took care of Dad—I always saw her pulling triple duty, doing more than I ever felt like she needed to," she said.
"I made a promise to myself that it would be more of a team effort in my family someday. And because of that, I became more independent. But it was tough figuring out what kind of guy would work well with what I did."
Her husband, Canadian Mike Fisher, plays hockey for the Nashville Predators. They met in 2008 at one of Underwood's concerts and were engaged in December 2009. They were able to plan a July 2010 wedding despite having conflicting work schedules. "I still have a tour to finish. There are a lot of great things going on this summer so [we're] getting through all that and taking things one step at a time and [having] lots of phone and email conversations," she said a few months before the wedding.
Carrie Underwood, 30, was already a superstar when she met Fisher, 32. So it's unclear why this would be an issue now. Furthermore, Fisher shouldn't ask his wife to give up her career. Much of their relationship is long distance because of their respective jobs, but it shouldn't be on Underwood to make the sacrifice. Her music is just as important as Fisher's sport.
Underwood's not the only music star who's changed her tune after marriage. Beyoncé recently got some criticism for focusing on her role as wife to Jay-Z and calling her tour The Mrs. Carter Show. She also calls herself "a feminist, I guess," in Vogue UK. Is this part of a larger trend of strong, independent women reverting back to dated gender roles? Or are Beyoncé and Underwood just proud of their relationships?
She also told People that she definitely wants kids, just not anytime soon. "It would be much better if at least one of us were in a more stable situation before tackling parenthood," she said. "I know when we do have kids, it's gonna be wonderful. I'm excited about our new house and our farm. I dream about those things."
Hopefully, though, Underwood isn't quitting music any time soon. The American Idol winner stunned in an Oliver Tolentino dress last night on the show that made her famous; she sang her new single "See You Again." Underwood's tour for her album Blown Away will continue through this summer.