Allie Colleen told the Children of Song podcast what it was to grow up with Garth Brooks as a father.
Despite the fact that the daughter of one of the world’s most famous musicians, Allie Colleen said that she did not know what it is to be raised by a “celebrity.”
Colleen is the daughter of Garth Brooks and his first wife Sandy Mahl. The 21-year-old was also raised by her “bonus mom” and Brooks’ wife of the more-than-a-decade Trisha Yearwood.
But when Colleen and her sisters, Taylor and August, were growing all three of their parents decided to put their career on hold for them to grow out of the spotlight, she told the Children of Song podcast.
“My parents were phenomenal in the way that they shut down everything to raise us,” the budding singer told the podcast. “We came home, we did our homework, we played outside, we have a disciplined. We were rowdy kids.”
Colleen told the podcast that they did get to “dress up and go out and do something really cool” with her father once in a while, but most of the time he was just dad.
“I don’t know what it’s like to be celebrity parents. My father was there every night,” she said of her youth.
Another way, Brooks assured his children would have a normal childhood, was to make sure that the girls see him and his ex each day, in spite of their separation in 2000.
Trisha Yearwood (left) and Garth Brooks married in 2005.
“We had probably the biggest system anyone ever had,” she said. “From the age of 5 or 6 until I moved out of the house, we switched each day at 6 am because my parents wanted us to see both parents every day.”
The last thing Brooks did for his daughter made her promise not to seek a career in the music industry until after she got her bachelors degree.
And now that Colleen has her diploma in hand, she is free to venture into the family business.
Listen to Allie Colleen full Children of Song episode here. You can download or stream the podcast from the Children of the Song homepage or become a subscriber to Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Google Play, or Stitcher.
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