Texas has produced a number of legendary country music stars, and Lyle Lovett is one of them.
Born and raised in the town of Klein, Texas, Lovett began his career in 1980 and has carved out a path toward legendary status within the country music world. Lovett was one of the artists who helped launch Texas country on the map, and in doing so, has become an icon in the Lone Star State. You may think you know everything there is to know about Lovett, but here are five things that one may not know about this country music titan.
1. He was once attacked by a bull.
There are few things in this world that put fear in Lule Lovett, but in 2002, his strength was put to the test by a bull. In March of that year, Lovett got trapped by a bull on his uncle’s farm in his hometown. He was eventually rescued, but he had to spend six-month rehabbing from a broken knee. True to his Texas toughness, he returned to touring the very next year.
2. Lovett recently got hitched.
Lovett has been in love with a woman named April Kimble since 1997, but they have just recently tied the knot. They met in 1997 and got engaged in 2003. It may have been the longest engagement in wedding history, as the two finally got married on Feb. 4, 2017, in Houston. May they have ever-lasting matrimony.
3. Lovett is a Doctor of Humane Letters.
In 2010, the University of Houston gave Lovett an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. What’s that, you may ask? Well, it’s a degree that is given to those who have made lasting achievements in any other degree outside of science, law, letters, and divinity. It was an honor well received by Lovett.
4. He was once married to Julia Roberts.
Yep, Lovett was once hitched to the famed Julia Roberts. The two met on the set of The Player, and they engaged in a three-week courtship of each other. They got married in 1993 in Indiana, but it didn’t last long. In 1995, the two got a divorce, which, according to a People magazine article, was caused by “career demands.”
5. Lovett is also a pretty good actor.
In addition to making a legendary country music career, Lovett is also a pretty darn good actor. He played the role of a government agent on ABC’s “Castle,” a lawyer on FX’s “The Bridge,” and also showed off his comedy chops in “Angels Sing,” a family film that was released by Lionsgate. Bonus fact: Willie Nelson was also in that movie. Two Texas music legends sharing the same screen? Where do we sign up for that?