When Alan Jackson's wife Denise became an author last year, it could have been a bit unsettling for Alan. The book, "It's All About Him: Finding The Love Of My Life," recounts their history as a couple, including a period 10 years ago when they were separated for five months.
Denise asked Alan for his approval when she first decided to write it, and he gave it some serious thought — especially because it included her tactfully worded public admission that he had been unfaithful.
"When she first brought the idea up about doing a book, I was a little anxious about what my fans might think," he told The Tennessean. "But at the same time, I felt like the direction she was going with it and what she had to say was good. I think it showed people that I'm not perfect, I'm a regular guy. We're just married people like anybody else. You grow up and learn from your mistakes, and if you want to make it work, you work hard at making it work."
The struggles that Alan and Denise faced were not unique among married couples, but after growing up in small-town Newnan, Ga., they were exacerbated by his unusual success in the public eye.
"People didn't leave that town," Alan reflected. "They would marry somebody and have kids. For us to marry that young and not really know what was — you weren't grown up, you didn't have a chance to live, you had never been anywhere — for us to survive all that, and then to add this celebrity lifestyle for 20 years on top of that, it's a miracle we are here at all. It really is."
Denise's book topped the New York Times best-sellers list. Alan showed his support by writing the forward to the book and by writing a song for an accompanying CD that shares the book's title, "It's All About Him." Ironically, one of the songs on Alan's new CD, Good Time, also ends its verses with a similar line: "It's all about her." Alan says it's just coincidental; he wrote that song before Denise started on her project.
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