Faith Hill Talks Fame, Family and Aging Gracefully Ahead of Her 50th Birthday: 'The Secret is Being Confident'
By Jennifer Drysdale
Faith Hill's got a big birthday coming up -- and she couldn't be less concerned.
The 49-year-old singer looks stunning on the cover of NewBeauty's Spring/Summer issue, but doesn't credit special procedures or treatments for her ageless appearance. Instead, Hill says her secret is "confidence."
"I honestly don’t pay attention to [aging]. If I did, my girls would notice and I don’t want that. It’s not a message I want them to have. The secret is being confident -- with your age, with yourself," she shares. "Life is so precious. We only have one; what’s the point of stressing about all of that?"
"Each decade has been different. Each day is a blessing. That’s how I want to look at it," Hill adds, explaining that she wants her three daughters with husband Tim McGraw -- 19-year-old Gracie, 18-year-old Maggie and 15-year-old Audrey -- to have a "realistic" view of beauty.
"Social media can be so cruel, but we’ve always emphasized the importance of having a realistic take and a healthy view regarding beauty to our girls. They know it’s not just on the outside. It’s really important to us to teach them that beauty is on the inside," she says. "People can see your heart by the expressions on your face and by the way you carry yourself -- they can see your happiness."
While Hill teaches her girls about inside beauty, she can't stop their insane makeup skills!
"It’s funny because all three of them are into makeup. Gracie can do great brows and perfect eyeliner. My girls have a better beauty regimen than I do. I don’t know where they get it from. I look like a clown when I do eyeliner!" she jokes before noting that McGraw's favorite look on her is "just natural."
"He likes when I have no makeup on and crazy-curly hair," she confesses. "Before I put it up in my ponytail, he always tells me to wear it down because it’s his favorite."
Around the house, Hill says she and her daughters "spoil" her husband, trying to "be the sons he never had." And while McGraw "loves the attention," the "This Kiss" singer says he's not one to slack off.
"It's very important to him to work out and stay strong and healthy... I think we both realize how much harder it is as you get older. You just realize how important it is simply to exercise and get a good night’s sleep. It’s not that complicated, but somehow, it never seems that easy," she reveals. "We don’t stay out late and we don’t really go to parties -- we are usually in bed by 9 p.m. For us, the rest just builds energy so we have the energy to do all the things we need to do."
Hill and McGraw definitely have a full plate with an upcoming joint album and a new Soul2Soul tour that kicks off in April -- though the blonde beauty notes they aren't the only two musical talents in the family.
"[Gracie] taught herself to play the guitar," Hill says, quick to point out that all three of her teenage daughters can sing. "They surprise us so much already. I can’t even guess who is going to do what."
"Tim and I know what it takes to really do this for a living, but, as a parent, you don’t want to stand in the way of their dreams," she explains. "It’s been one of the most difficult things for me as a mom -- especially as a mom of all girls. You want to protect them; you want to make sure they aren’t disappointed."
"Sometimes, it’s better to let your children go through things on their own and let them experience it instead of saying, ‘Don't do it this way, or you must do it this way,'" she adds, before listing work ethic as the one thing she wants all her daughters to grow up with. "It is very important to us as a family, and the girls have seen that. The one thing we stress is that you don’t get things handed to you on a silver platter -- you have to work for the things you want. They know it takes hard work. You don’t just arrive."