Country music’s sweetheart Carrie Underwood met former NHL star Mike Fisher in 2008, during a meet-and-greet session backstage at one of her concerts, People magazine reports. The couple tied the knot in 2010 during a wedding ceremony in Georgia, and their nuptials seemed to mark the beginning of a storybook romance. However, their marriage has proved to be anything but conventional.
Of course, there’s no doubt true love exists between them, but with rumors of marital strain and some other odd and inexplicable details, we think it’s safe to say that things are beyond quirky with this couple. Here are some strange things about Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher’s marriage.
Things got weird on their wedding day
We had an inkling Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher’s marriage would be odd as heck the second the details from their 2010 wedding emerged. People reported the bride and groom said their "I do’s" at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. Underwood’s nerves were on edge, but she got some much-needed — and rather peculiar — advice from a family member. "My sister told me if I feel like tearing up, say the ‘Pledge of Allegiance,’" Underwood said. "I must have said it 20 times that night!"
And get this — while Underwood was having her freakout moment before the ceremony, Fisher was out shooting the breeze and playing golf with his groomsmen. Strange? You betcha. Okay, moving right along.
As the officiator pronounced them husband and wife, their loved ones began to celebrate, but there was one guest who objected: Underwood’s pooch Ace.
Dressed in a "Swarovski crystal-encrusted pink tuxedo," her furry friend, who walked down the aisle "with the ring bearer and flower girl," began "barking" at the bride and groom. "We were laughing, everyone was laughing, and Ace was barking," Fisher said. What a disaster!
The ‘honeymoon’ was over after they had their son
After their bundle of joy arrived, Underwood gave an interview to E! News, and when asked if she and Fisher were still "honeymooning" years after their walk down the aisle, she didn’t pull any punches. "No!" she said with a laugh. "We have a kid. That went out the door with the poopy diapers. I think that’s when the honeymoon phase, if it hasn’t ended already, that’s when it officially ends — when you have a child."
For those who were raising their eyebrows and scratching their heads, Underwood assured her fans there was absolutely nothing to worry about. "We’re still very much in love, a very deep love but it’s just different," she said. "It morphs a bit."
Whew. She had us shook for a moment!
Carrie Underwood is an animal lover; Mike Fisher is a hunter
They say that opposites attract, and that old adage proves true for this pair. During a conference in Nashville (via The Christian Post), Carrie Underwood revealed that their biggest difference is that she’s an animal lover and her husband, Mike Fisher, is an avid hunter.
This initially caused a bit of discord in their relationship. Underwood explained that it was challenging for the pair to find common ground. She felt "passionately about animals," while Fisher felt "more connected to God while out in the woods." To make things even trickier, Underwood is also vegan. So what’s a girl to do? If your answer is: slash a hole in all four tires, nice guess. But the country singer decided to compromise instead. They agreed to avoid meat from "large-scale farms" and only serve meat that Fisher had killed.
The couple has even learned to poke fun at their differences, judging by their choice of Halloween costumes. In the 2017 Instagram post above, Fisher shared a picture of himself dressed up as a hunter and Underwood dressed as a deer caught in his net. Oh, deer!
They spend a lot of time apart
When they first met, Fisher was playing center for the Ottawa Senators while Underwood was busy recording music and touring the world. A year after their wedding, they were able to bridge the gap in their bi-coastal romance when the Senators traded Fisher to the Nashville Predators, where Underwood was based.
The ice hockey player was a bit disappointed that he was leaving the Senators after 11 seasons, but he soon found out the trade was done with his best interests at heart. Senators’ General Manager Bryan Murray reportedly said, "You know Fish, I just wanted you to be with your wife."
During an April 2013 interview with People, Underwood admitted that although they were finally based in the same state, they still spent an enormous amount of time apart. At the time of the interview, she revealed she hadn’t seen him in a week due to her long tour schedule and his busy hockey season. Despite their separation, she was determined to keep their union afloat. "You just have to commit and make it work," she said.
Carrie Underwood would quit music if Mike Fisher asked her to
In case you’re still questioning Carrie Underwood’s devotion to Mike Fisher and their unconventional marriage, the singer told People that her husband is her top priority. However, she also mentioned that she’s ready and willing to ditch her music career if he ever "needed" her to quit.
Okay, we know you’re probably freaking out right now because we’re going bonkers too at the thought of one of country music‘s most celebrated artists bidding the music world adieu. Thankfully, there’s really no need to worry. As wacky as her statement was, Underwood cleared the air by noting she wouldn’t be retiring anytime soon and Fisher still "completely supports" all of her professional ambitions. Whew! Crisis averted…or is it?
We hope it never gets to the point where she’s forced to make a choice, but it still makes us feel some type of way that Underwood would give it all up and walk away from showbiz at her husband’s request.
Their first date was backstage at one of her concerts
During an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music (via Country Living), the Grammy award-winning singer recalled the first time she met Fisher. The country crooner said she wasn’t "looking for a long-distance relationship, let alone marriage," but when her bassist, Mark Childers, wanted to introduce her to Canadian-born Mike Fisher, she agreed, despite being a bit skeptical. "Let’s get a hockey guy who lives in another country. Awesome," she joked.
Underwood suggested they meet backstage at one of her concerts, and you know what happened next? Instant fireworks!
"Hot, hot, hot," Underwood texted Childers after meeting Fisher for the first time. The feeling was mutual. On the VH1 series, Fisher chimed in that Underwood was "more beautiful in person than on TV." D’aww!
After their initial meeting in 2008, Underwood told People magazine she knew there was something different about her new beau. "I had dated guys and kind of knew, like, ‘No.’ Nothing was ever really wrong, but nothing was really right either," she said. "With him, it was like a good partnership. It was an easy relationship to be in."
In fact, Underwood just knew that Fisher was (and still is) the one. "I feel like he is the person I was meant to be with," she said.
Their love story gives us all the feels, but we’re cringing at the thought of two uber-successful celebs having a backstage first date. Thankfully, they were able to redeem themselves…
Carrie Underwood wasn’t about taking it slow
After that fateful day backstage at her concert for their faux first date, it was another three months before Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher would see each other again face to face. On Dec. 31, 2008, they had a real date watching the ball drop to ring in the new year. The "Before He Cheats" songstress told Glamour magazine (via Country Living) that she knew Fisher wasn’t a "big PDA guy," so she decided to make the first move to lock lips. "I figured, I’ll go in for it because he can’t leave me hanging, right?" she said. "So I made him kiss me in public."
On one hand, we’re like: attagirl! On the other hand, she sort of disrespected his boundaries, and that’s never cool.
Mike Fisher was the ‘perfect guy’ that Carrie Underwood didn’t even know was out there
Many people have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to their future wedding day long before they’re even engaged, but Carrie Underwood is not your typical person. She confessed to People magazine she didn’t think marriage was in the cards for her, but it was mainly due to her being unable to find the right match. "I never dreamt of my wedding day and the perfect guy," she told the publication. "Then I met Mike, and I was like, ‘Wow, so now I know what I was missing.’"
As we all know, Underwood is not only a devoted wife, she’s also a mom now, which brings us to our next point: Underwood never felt the urge to have children, either. "I was never like, ‘I want kids so bad.’ And now that I have Isaiah in my life, I’m like, ‘What did I do before?’" she said in regards to becoming a first-time mom.
Carrie Underwood doesn’t do ‘romance’ well
According to Taste of Country, Carrie Underwood "doesn’t record a lot of love songs," and we think we know why. In real life, Underwood can attest to not being very romantic. When speaking about her 2015 hit song "Heartbeat" from her Storyteller album, she told E! News the "fairy tales and bubblegum and butterflies" that go along with love songs were not part of her "reality." She added, "I don’t do romance very well, at least not in my music."
She also shared that her best moments with her husband, Mike Fisher, are when they can be alone and enjoy each other’s company. "It doesn’t have to be all presents and Romeo and Juliet," she said. "It can be simple and lovely."
No big deal, right? Well, the recording artist elaborated to People magazine (via CMT News) about the type of romance she loves the most, and that’s when things got really weird. "I’m the kind of person that’s like, ‘Aw, you changed the light bulb in the bathroom. Thank you.’ Or ‘You took the trash out. Aw. Oh, my gosh, you emptied the dishwasher, yay! I don’t have to do it now,’" she said.
Nothing says "I love you" like a husband doing some household chores…in Underwood’s crazy world, at least.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher fought for closet space
Growing up in a family of five, you would think Underwood would be used to sharing her personal space, but since her two siblings are much older, Underwood considers herself to be an "only child," according to an interview with Marie Claire. She thinks hanging out solo during her childhood was the catalyst for some difficult situations in her marriage.
During an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Underwood said she initially found it hard to deal with all of Fisher’s "stuff" — she even went so far as to call him a borderline "hoarder." However, she quickly backtracked the claim, saying, "Now we share. We’re much better — I’m better. I’m not the only child syndrome thing, like I don’t share my toys or my space — I’m better. … We’re doing well."
"Doing well" is an understatement according to the "Something in the Water" singer. In a 2015 interview with Cosmopolitan, Underwood said she was shocked that everyone around her was getting divorced. "They’re dropping like flies!" she said. "But [Fisher and I] are good. It helped that we were both established before we were married. Neither one of us could be like, ‘I didn’t know it would be like this!’"
Skype is the key to their happy marriage
During the early years of their marriage, their conflicting schedules meant Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher were forced to be thousands of miles away from each other at times. With the distance between them, Underwood resorted to other methods to help keep them connected. The singer opened up to Ladies Home Journal (via E! News) about how they kept their love alive when she’s busy on the road and he’s at home in Nashville. "Communication, trust, and Skype are key," she said.
Modern technology is cool, but can a long-distance marriage go the distance? We’re not sure, and that’s not our only concern. After belting out tunes all over the globe, we suspect nothing beats physically being with the one you love, right?
With Fisher announcing his second retirement in 2018 (more on that in a bit), hopefully he and Fisher can disable their Skype accounts and gets some real-life action in their lives.
Carrie Underwood kicks Mike Fisher out of the bed
Carrie Underwood headed back out on the road in 2019 to embark on a 60-date tour. Luckily for her, she was able to bring her entire immediate family on tour with her, including her husband, Mike Fisher, and their children, Isaiah and Jacob Fisher.
The "Love Wins" singer told The Guardian that most nights, she had to deal with a fussy baby, her son Jacob, who was born in Jan. 2019. We can imagine tending to a small child onboard a tour bus can be challenging, but Underwood found the perfect solution to nighttime feedings. "I actually kicked my husband out of the bed and he sleeps on the couch up front," she said. "It’s just a lot easier to wake up in a moving bus and grab the baby and feed him."
This sleeping arrangement can’t be conducive to a happy marriage, but bravo to Underwood and Fisher for making it work!
Mike Fisher needs to give Carrie Underwood her space
Since appearing on American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has been in the spotlight and singing her heart out in front of millions of people. Her name alone brings in fans by the droves to witness her belt out some of her chart-topping jams. But no matter how many people purchase tickets and show up to her concerts, Underwood told The Guardian, "A lot of times I feel like I’m alone. […] I’m obviously aware of people being around me. But it’s like I’m in the song alone on stage." Don’t go crying her a river, though. Underwood added, "I like to be alone."
Naturally, her desire to roll solo was one of the reasons her mom was shocked when Underwood announced she was engaged to Mike Fisher. "My husband is probably the only person this planet I could’ve married – my mom, when I told her I was engaged, was even like ‘I just never really thought you’d get married.’"
Carrie Underwood’s career almost killed their marriage
As an ice hockey player, Mike Fisher’s schedule required him to go on the road on his quest to snag a Stanley Cup. With Underwood slammed with a touring schedule of her own, this meant the couple spent a lot of time apart. Even though she told The Guardian she loves being alone, a source told InTouch Weekly the singer was in dire need of more quality time. "They’ve only been on a couple of vacations together in the seven years they’ve been married," the source dished.
Fisher retired from the NHL in 2017, only to turn around and rejoin his old team, the Nashville Predators, in 2018 in an attempt to help them reach the playoffs. "His decision put a huge strain on their marriage. If Carrie and Mike continue to grow apart, it will surely end in divorce for them. And that would be heartbreaking," the insider snitched.
Another source spoke to Us Weekly and mentioned it was Underwood who actually encouraged Fisher to pick up his hockey stick after he reportedly missed being out on the ice. "He asked for her blessing and totally got it. She’s behind him with whatever he chooses to do," the source revealed.
Fisher’s return to the ice didn’t last long, though, and he retired for a second time after 18 seasons in May 2018, according to NHL.com.
Hopefully his retirement redux is a sign Underwood can finally get some quality time with her hubby!