On August 8, country music legend Glen Campbell passed away after a seven-year-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The singer, best known for hits such as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and “Wichita Lineman,” was 81-years-old.
Throughout his milestone-studded career, he was also blessed with eight children — five sons and three daughters — and was married four times. Although he was happily married to his wife Kim Campbell at the time of his passing, another relationship from his past is now making headlines.
In a 2015 write-up, the Chicago Tribune outlined the 15-month explosive romance between Campbell and fellow country singer Tanya Tucker, writing:
Throughout [the 1980s], she was a tabloid bad girl with a reputation for raising hell, locked in an infamous on-again, off-again relationship with Glen Campbell.
Though the two never married and, in fact, their relationship ended when Campbell became a born-again Christian and married his wife Kim. But according to Rolling Stone, fans of country music never forgot their tumultuous affair.
Apparently, neither did Tucker.
“I’m just devastated. Absolutely devastated. It’s been so hard these past several years knowing what he’s been going through. My heart just breaks. Glen and I shared some incredible, precious memories together for a long time. There were some ups and downs and, of course, all the downs were played out in the press. We both got past all that. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing.”
She continued, saying:
“I’ll forever love you, Glen.”
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Get the new tribute to Glen Campbell. Link in bio. "I’m just devastated. Absolutely devastated. It’s been so hard these past several years knowing what he’s been going through. My heart just breaks. Glen and I shared some incredible, precious memories together for a long time. There were some ups and downs and, of course, all the downs were played out in the press. We both got past all that. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. It’s why I’m releasing “Forever Loving You” in memory of Glen and for all of those who are losing or have lost someone they love. I’ll forever love you, Glen." A portion of the proceeds from “Forever Loving You” will benefit the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a non-profit organization which provides programs and services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, as well as funds research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s. True work of angels.
There’s just one problem with the musical love note: His wife Kim is not OK with it.
According to TMZ, Tucker’s performance of the song on “Today” last Wednesday was the last straw on the camel’s back. She’s reportedly livid with Tucker, telling those close to her the song is a “callous and disrespectful” exploitation of Campbell’s death.
TMZ reported that Kim believes Tucker is portraying a “distorted fairy tale” of her time with Campbell and now trying to make money off it.
In 2014, some time after Campbell’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he released his last song before losing the ability to not only produce, write, and record music, but also the ability to effectively communicate.
The song was a love song to Kim who, since his diagnosis, had tirelessly helped him through his health struggles. Some of the lyrics read:
“I’m still here, but I’m gone.
I don’t play guitar or sing my songs.
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you ’til the end.
You’re the last person I will love.
You’re the last face I will recall.
But best of all,
I’m not gonna miss you.”
Thanksgiving was always the perfect opportunity for my husband, Glen Campbell (Official), to tease me about my cooking…
Tucker told TMZ she’s simply trying to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s in the wake of Campbell’s death, but, clearly, Kim isn’t buying it.