Country music star Dierks Bentley has recognized his spouse, Cassidy Black, since they had been pre-teens. They attended the identical center college in Phoenix, Arizona.
But it was a protracted and winding highway to the altar. The couple was on and off for years and far of their romance was long-distance as Bentley pursued his music profession. They lastly tied the knot in 2005 and now have three youngsters collectively.
Bentley is performing throughout tonight’s CMT Music Awards. The show debuts at 8:00 p.m. ET on CMT.
Here’s what it’s essential know:
Bentley & Black’s Relationship Was On & Off for About a Decade After High School
Bentley opened up about his long-time romance with Black throughout an interview with People in 2007. He first met her after they had been each in eighth grade at Ingleside Middle School in Phoenix. Bentley stated he all the time had a crush on Black.
But he stated the emotions weren’t initially reciprocated. Bentley admitted he was recognized for entering into some hassle throughout his youthful years and his pre-teen antics did not impress Black. “I used to be means too immature and into ingesting beer and weapons and blowing issues up,” Bentley stated.
Bentley and Black remained inside one another’s orbit after beginning highschool. They truly courting one another’s finest mates! But finally, after these relationships ended, Bentley and Black determined to attempt courting.
But as Bentley informed People, the romance hit a stumble after they graduated. He moved to Nashville to pursue a music profession. Black had her personal profession ambitions. She labored in promoting in San Francisco. The relationship was on and off for the subsequent decade. Bentley commented to The Boot, “It’s a reasonably loopy story of simply going forwards and backwards with the precise time or the flawed time, or proper place, flawed time, all that stuff.”
Bentley stated he usually wrote Black love letters from the highway. He joked to People, “That’s why I married her! I used to be fearful I’d get blackmailed with these letters!” Black chimed in, “I did save them and thought I may all the time promote them on eBay!”
The Couple Eloped in Mexico the Day After Getting Engaged
Bentley and Black’s relationship lastly took a flip for the higher in February 2005. Black got here to Las Vegas to observe Bentley carry out. He was opening for George Strait on the time.
The reunion was monumental. Bentley and Black each later stated they skilled prompt readability after seeing one another once more; they each knew they had been lastly in a spot the place they might absolutely commit to one another. Bentley recalled, “She walked on the bus. I form of knew that that was the second,” E! News reported. Black admitted to People, “It was a bizarre feeling, and it was proper after I noticed him … I cried after I stated goodbye.”
Black packed up her San Francisco house and moved to Nashville with Bentley. They dated for about 10 months earlier than Bentley proposed in December 2005. After Black stated sure, Bentley stunned her with a second proposal: Was she prepared to elope in Mexico?
Black informed People, “I used to be speechless—I had simply gotten engaged the evening earlier than.” But she agreed to the plan. Bentley had even organized for a stylist to search out the proper costume for his future bride. They headed to Mexico the day after getting engaged. They tied the knot three days later. Black defined, “We received married in a bit chapel in Mexico, and it was stunning and personal and actual.” They had been each 30 on the time.
Black & Bentley Are Now Raising Their 3 Children in Colorado
They determined towards returning to Nashville because the coronavirus pandemic prompted lockdowns. Theur youngsters’s faculties had shifted to distance studying and there was no purpose to hurry again to Nashville.
Eventually, the household determined to make the transfer everlasting. Bentley defined the choice in a press release from Universal Music Group in January 2021: “If I’m gonna be unemployed and if I’m gonna have this time, I simply wanna be someplace the place I could make up for misplaced time on the highway. [There are] mountains and rivers and climbing and biking and household time and using bikes with my youngsters to high school and a lot to do with them and outside on a regular basis, which I form of wanted after this a few years on the bus and on the highway. So, I’m attempting to remain impressed and understanding when it does go inexperienced once more, I’ll in all probability be gone so much, attempting to make up for the deficit of those previous couple of years.”
Bentley and Black informed People they settled in Box Canyon. It’s situated close to Telluride within the southwestern a part of the state.