Randy Travis and his wife split after 19 years
November 1st, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Randy Travis and his wife split after 19 years

Randy Travis and his wife, Elizabeth, have split after 19 years of marriage and 34 years of working together, their publicist confirmed to CNN. Their divorce became final on Friday, October 29.

“Elizabeth and Randy Travis have agreed to part ways,” the official statement said. “Elizabeth will remain Mr. Travis' personal manager. They do not intend to comment any further and ask for your respect for their privacy during this time.”

Randy, a well-respected country singer and occasional actor, has won six CMAs, nine ACMs, 10 AMAs and six Grammys.

The couple met when the then 17-year-old Randy was performing in a Charlotte, North Carolina, club that Elizabeth owned. “Lib” and Randy moved to Nashville together soon after where she hired him as a cook and singer at “The Nashville Place.” Their romance developed and they married in 1991. She is 17 years his senior.


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  1. Mackenzie im 12 years old

    i highly dout randy travis reads this but if he does i have somethin to say
    Randy travis ur a great guy and have a god given voice but if u ever come to oklahoma u need to come to gracemont,ok its a small town but we r really country and very religous town if u did come i would so go even if my dad said no lol....Love you randy

    October 6, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andrey Gorbatskiy

    Usually I do not read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite great post.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. JACK GRACE

    RANDY YOU HAVE BEEN MY IDOL BECAUSE I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A HEART LIFE IS SHORT PLEASE DONT LEAVE THE WOMAN WHO MADE YOU AND STOOD BYE YOU....... GIVE HER RESPECT

    April 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barnabas

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

    March 2, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. e.leonard

    i heard he was gay before he got married...you can't be a Christian and gay at the same time....i wouldn't bet my eternity on it.....

    December 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Helene

    I agree fuoly with everything Izzy said on Nov. 2. Randy is a great performer and Lib came around at the perfect time.
    She did a lot to turn Randy around to the guy he is and I, for one, will always be grateful to her for that.

    I understand where Chrissy comes from (post of 11/10) but while I understand her
    position, and while I do not like the cheating, you do not want a guy to stay in a marriage
    that has no love in it. I believe, in my heart, that Randy is doing the right thing–he just
    didn't do it correctly.

    Randy, I will still look forward to any new songs that you may have.

    November 21, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chrissy

    They are getting a divorce because he has been seeing another woman. And he is going to marry her when the divorce is finalized. I thought he was a born-again Christian. Adultery goes against what the Bible teaches.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    I've been a fan of Randy Travis for over 20 years and I hope his career keeps right on going. I've heard the gay rumors since BEFORE he married Lib, as well as the marriage-of-convenience thing, too... also heard he had an affair. I'll just never mind the rumors for now and see what happens. He's still a great entertainer.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Too bad ,so sad - they both look like they are in their late 80's –sorry.Good Luck

    November 2, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. geb

    Leave em alone

    November 2, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. connie

    I think its a shame. I like Randy; he's wonderful singer. Hope everything works out for them.

    November 2, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. ampsanne

    I recall that shortly after they were married Randy said that they just got married because it would keep the young gals from chasing after him. It was just a marriage of convience.

    November 2, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shaon

    J hope ever thing does good. Randy dont u play on tv with your dauther. What does she think?

    November 2, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. mineself929

    He couldn't love her forever.......

    November 2, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lori

    Hey cheef, in harrys defense, ET is not his user name, its eastern time.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  16. Connie Blankenship

    I was surprised when Randy and Elizabeth got married in the first place. I'm surprised it lasted this long simply because of the age difference. Randy is a great singer. She must be a great manager. But in this case maybe they ought to consider a clean break. Why drag the misery on? Oh well, it's there lives. Best wishes to both of them.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. D

    After so many years, why even divorce? They have been together long enough at a certain age, why even go through the hassel of divorce?

    November 2, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jamie-Lynn Rowan

    I have been a Randy Travis fan for 23 years. I whole heartedly wish nothing but the best for them. And those of you that can only come up with false and cruel things to say need to grow up. somethings happen in a marriage and people have to agree to disagree and go their seperate ways. I think they are handling it with amazing class. I wont lie, i want to be the next Mrs.Travis. LoL. But I will give him some time first. LoL.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  19. mary

    More than 3 decades together . . . that is wayyyyyyyyy longer than the majority of people in the entertainment biz .
    Given their $$$$$$$$ , neither will probably be lonely for long .

    November 2, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  20. stu

    she looks like stevie nicks

    November 2, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  21. steph

    i hope he & Barry Manillow live happily ever after together.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. Moonbeam

    Don't know when photo above was taken, but I think she looks better, and maybe even a little younger, than he does. He's a nice-looking guy, just doesn't have a "bright" look, to me. Hope he hasn't run off with a young bimbo after his wife's brains have guided his career. Not to take away from his incredible talent, of course, but it is doubtful even Elvis would have been the success he was without the Col. Parker.

    November 1, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  23. justgog

    The entertainmnet of these articles are all of your comments....I get on these story to see how people act so ugly....Very entertaining....

    November 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Clara

    Well Randy went thru Libs menepause...and shes on Social Security now....makes sense....Randy will be better than ever now! Go for it!

    November 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. sunshine

    U guys need 2 leave randy travis and his wife alone. whatever goes on thats thats their business. not alls. people just get in everyones business where it shouldnt be. people need 2 worry about their problem.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  26. chuckly

    no one is calling him gay because he is getting divorced. He was already gay, which is why he got married, to try to hide it.

    November 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ArmyWifeBC

    Sorry to hear about the split. Randy Travis is a phenomenal, under-rated musician and a devoted Christian. Best of luck to both of them during this difficult time.

    November 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Lisa

    Maybe she's leaving him for a younger man : D

    November 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  29. nikioz0630

    Why is it that people have to call someone gay when they divorce? The world that we live in has become a sick place. What goes on in his life is his business. I wish them both the best of luck in their futures.

    November 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  30. thankgod4divorce

    Divorce Was Given By The Lord In Cases Of Adultery And Treachery Trust Me There Was Treachery Trust In Louisiana Coitus Between 17 Year Old Gay Randy And The 34 Year Old Tranny Mrrs Travis Is A Felony

    November 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. WoodyB

    Hey Randy, why the long face?

    November 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Yeah

    Using all caps can be looked as writing with big fat preschool crayons.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Lisa

    So, if she was 17 and he was 34 when the romance started we would be calling him a sicko.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. chuckly

    the whole marriage was a cover-up for him being gay to begin with. They had to do it to squash the rumors because it would have sunk his career at the time.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Lisa

    All of u r pathetic.Give Randy Travis a break.Things just didnt go well for the both of them.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Hammy

    This is a RECIPE FOR DISASTER!! You can not have your EX-WIFE managing you!!!! BAD BAD MOVE

    November 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  37. patman

    gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    November 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tammie

    I met Randy and Elizabeth several times when I lived in Reno, NV. They are a super nice couple and he was ever the gentleman and she was very sweet. He is as true as the songs that he sings. Just a good ole boy! I hate to see them split, but that is between them and I wish them all the luck as they go through the next chapter in their life. God bess ya'll!

    November 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. ARMYWIFE

    Im glad to see people have feelings when it comes to divorce! Its about Mr. Travis and his wife yet you people make it about yourself! Divorce is hard and my prayer got to Randy and Elizabeth!

    November 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Harry Seaward

    Thats right Marin, Im the moron with 15,000 hrs up here with no accidents, no injuries. Ive got crazy skills up here, the guys on the ground are amazed because there is no other operator that can do what I do...but ya, Im the moron and your the Cheech

    November 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      a crane operator? Well dont you have the most respected job in the world, no accidents too huh? Good Job you deserve a cookie!!

      November 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Soldiers Daughter

    I knew he was out of the closet awhile ago. My sister toured with Merle haggard and Gretchen Wilson. Things are talked about. STILL love his music.

    November 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • CountrySingSong

      Bullcrap. Blah Blah. Gretchen Wilson wouldn't have a clue about Randy Travis being gay. The facts are that he isn't. I'm sick of all this "my cousins brother is a big to do in nashville and knows he's gay" crap. Get a life.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  42. silenceisgolden

    .shhh.

    November 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  43. cheefsfury

    ID LIKE TO COUGAR ME UP SOME YOUNG BOYS

    November 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. MyohMy

    So he is 51 and she is 68 – is divorcing her elder abuse? Best of luck to you Lib – maybe you can find a nice 45 year old if former Mrs. H Hogan can cougar up herself a young one you can too!!!

    November 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. enigmatic

    my uncle is a crane operator. He made 150K last year

    November 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Harry Seaward

    actually, Im a crane operator during the day and yes, at times I am the tooth fairy, the Eastes bunny...even Santa Clause

    November 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      So you are operating heavy equipment while finding a way to 'kill time?" Moron

      November 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  47. KatPah

    "Umm.. I was just kidding about that 'forever and ever amen' bit."

    November 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Harry Seaward

    pity Me all you want fool, Im just killing time at work, making $45/hr...soon I will go home to my beautiful wife and adorable kids but you will still be miserable and alone

    November 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      and next you'll be telling us you're the tooth fairy.... who is paying you $45 an hour while you're screwing around 'killing time?" They should be pitied. Are you a liar or a Loser?

      November 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tante Waileka

      I get paid 85/hr and sometimes I also sit around doing nothing, in between days and weeks of furiously doing my job. If you don't make more than 35-45 hour you don't really get it. I also have a friend who makes 10grand a WEEK and she feels underpaid (and probably is). Dropping into low-iq sites like this, once in a while, helps keep us techie people sane (saner than the people making 10 bucks an hour anyway). AND I'm 64 years old, so that contradicts the bull that there aren't jobs out there, even for fat old women like me... because I get offers every week, and I'm not even looking. If you can't say the same thing, then shame on you! STUDY, LEARN GROW LIVE YOUR DREAM. It's still possible.

      November 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. cheefsfury

    I AM NOT U RETERD

    November 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jay the Athiest

    if there really was a god, the A-Team would have never been cancelled, and poor cheefsfury would not have been born retarded

    November 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • rebeccaeldridge

      love you randy traivs alway been you 1 fan of your music i told you so is my favorite song i always wanted to meet you in person your so amazing i love you voice and you songs great singer in the world i always love you and your songs your so wonderfull every thing that you do your favorite fan becky

      November 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Shannon

    Come out of what?? No freakin way!!

    November 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Susan

    How much you wanna bet he'll come out soon?

    November 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Susan: That is messed up ;)

      November 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • coffeebean02

      That would be a sucker bet.

      November 2, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Randy is not going to come out...other than to admit that he is marrying someone else. He happened to have an affair with our dentist's wife here in the Dallas area...her name is Mary..Google it. He is going to marry her. Even though he and his ex-wife will remain friends and she as her business Manager. Sad, but true.

      December 20, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  53. Harry Seaward

    wow, you really put Me in My place with all those big letters...

    November 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury

      BIG LETTERS MEAN IM SERIOUS BIZNESS

      November 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serrafina

      Harry,

      Here's a related story: You automatically contradict yourself by making any comment at all. In fact, the effort you put forth by navigating to this page and typing a worthless comment shows that you do, indeed, care. Maybe you care more about being an ignoramus than relative human emotion – because you're good at it! So, go boil your head. Believe me, you won't be missed.

      Moving on...

      November 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Harry Seaward

    And in a related story, nobody cares.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury

      LOL U CARE ENOUGH TO MAKE YOURE WAY TO CNN THEN CLICK ENTERTANMENT AND THEN CLICK ON THE RANDY TRAVIS STORY AND TYPE OUT YOUR SUPER AWESOME CLEVAR NICK NAME THAT I WAS USING WHEN I WAS 11 THEN TRY TO BE FUNNY WITH YOUR TYPICAL NO ONE CARES

      November 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cliched

      For once, cheefsfury has a point (minus all the caps).

      If you didn't care, what compelled you to comment? Is it a desperate cry for attention? The only thing you're getting in response is attention out of pity. Yes, I pity the fool.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Izzy

      Randy Travis is a great country singer. His wife came along at the right time in his life to help him get his career started. I never thought they would divorce. Hope everything works out well for both of them.

      November 2, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • PAULINE

      THEY ARE DIVORCING AFTER 19 YEARS TOGETHER...BUT SHE WILL REMAIN HIS BUSINESS MANAGER AND ASK FOR
      PRIVACY DURING THIS TIME....GIMME A BREAK

      November 2, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |

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