Carrie Underwood first became famous when she competed (and won) on a singing competition in 2005, and since then, not only has her professional life evolved but also her personal life. She’s come a long way from the 22-year-old she was then and is now a married woman with two sons, Isaiah and Jacob.
Underwood married a great guy, Mike Fisher, who was attentive and caring when she was pregnant (he is even reported to have rubbed her feet and read baby books), and totally OK with his clothes doubling as her maternity wear. Fisher and Underwood have one of the sweetest love stories, and after more than a decade together, they are still going strong — proving that sometimes relationships in the entertainment industry do work. And perhaps their longevity also has something to do with the fact that they both want the same things, and are completely dedicated to their family!
Their love story started after a meet-and-greet and became a long-distance relationship, but in the years that have followed they’ve achieved a lot; together they have built their dream home, they have suffered loss, and celebrated being parents, and below are 20 things to know about their family.
20 Carrie And Mike’s First Kiss Happened In Public (And Mike's Not Big On PDA)
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have an interesting love story. After initially meeting, they went three months without seeing each other, not because they didn’t want to, but because of their busy schedules. But within this time they used technology as a means of communication and a way to get to know each other, Bustle notes.
When they did meet up again, it was New Year’s Eve, and this was the same night they shared their first kiss. “Our first real date was on New Year's Eve, and our first kiss was when the ball dropped,” Underwood has said of their date.
19 And They Would Never Have Been A Couple If It Wasn’t For Carrie’s Bass Player
But Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher may never have dated if it weren’t for Underwood’s bass player, Mark Childers.
Childers is responsible for introducing Underwood and Fisher. He organized for their paths to cross in 2008, and according to Bustle, this happened at a meet-and-greet at one of her concerts — she didn’t want to go on a blind date because she felt it would be too awkward.
Although there may have been a spark initially, there was the issue of geography, and according to Bustle, Fisher was living and working in Ottawa, Canada, at the time. In her Behind the Music special, Underwood admitted that this made dating difficult initially.
18 Carrie Wore Her Husband’s Clothes When She Was Pregnant Because Hers Didn’t Fit
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are now the proud parents of two sons, and after Underwood announced that she was pregnant with their second child in 2018 — she told fans (via People), “Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond” — she also announced that none of her clothes fitted her anymore.
Instead of heading to the shops to buy some new maternity clothes, Underwood figured she would rather raid her husband’s wardrobe. She shared the news that she was “officially wearing Mike’s clothes in public now” on social media, adding the hashtags, “#pregnant #MyClothesDontFit #sorrybabe.”
17 She Makes Her Husband Rub Her Feet When She’s Pregnant
You don’t have to take our word for it when it comes to Mike Fisher being a really great husband, because Carrie Underwood has said as much herself. She also told E! News that he is a “great dad” and praised him for being so supportive of her and what she does. But an Us Weekly insider also spoke about how Fisher was super sweet when Underwood was pregnant, even giving her foot rubs.
“Mike is being the most doting, amazing husband while Carrie is pregnant,” the insider stated. He was dedicated to her well-being, with the insider telling the publication how he was reading parenting books, “rubbing Carrie’s feet” and ensuring she is “happy and comfortable at all times.”
16 Mike Had To Retire From The NHL To Take Care Of His Family
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher may have waited months before they got to have their first kiss, but from that moment on, things happened pretty quickly. Bustle notes that at the end of 2009, they got engaged (and you’ll remember their first kiss was on New Year’s Eve in 2008).
In 2015, they welcomed their first son, Isaiah, and became parents for the second time in 2019, when they had their son, Jacob. Fisher even retired (temporarily) in 2017, so that he could be a more hands-on dad.
"I’m looking forward to a future that includes a lot more time with my family," he wrote in a letter published in the Tennessean (via Women’s Health). "Things change when you have kids and you have a family. They’ve supported me without question, and now it’s my turn to return the favor."
15 And She’s Praised Him For Being A Really 'Great Dad'
Celebrities don’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to love and relationships, and all too often it seems there is a new headline about a breakup or a divorce. But Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have been together for a decade, and they appear to be incredibly happy (giving people hope that sometimes true love does exist).
Underwood has also chosen the right man to raise a family with, and she has praised Fisher’s skills as a dad. "He's amazing," she told E! News. "He's such a great dad and he's so supportive of what I do and I'm supportive of him and we just love our little family."
14 Their Home Is So Cool Oprah Even Came Around For A Tour
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are dedicated to each other and their marriage, but also to their family. At the beginning of their marriage, they initially split their time between Ottawa and Nashville because of their work, but then in 2011, they both made Nashville their home, Women’s Health notes.
The publication also notes that in 2016, the couple built their dream home, located just outside of Nashville, on a sprawling 400-acre property. Their home is so amazing that Oprah even came to check it out, and the couple gave her a tour of their home, Oprah.com notes.
13 She’s A Loving And Dedicated Mama To Two Boys
Carrie Underwood is a mother to two sons, Isaiah and Jacob, and although she may be a world-renowned country music star, being a mama is a role that she takes seriously, too. She has spoken about the love she has for her children on numerous occasions, including in an interview with People magazine, when Isaiah was only a few months old.
“In the morning, when he first wakes up, he’s the sweetest,” she gushed about her son after becoming a first-time mom. “He’s a morning baby. He is smiley and laugh-y and happy and cuddly and that hour, the first hour he’s awake, is just the best.”
12 But It Was A Difficult Journey, And She Had Three Losses
Carrie Underwood is now a mom to two boys, but before the birth of their second child, she had three losses. The losses happened between 2017 and 2018, and it was an incredibly challenging time for the couple, but Underwood made the decision to speak out about it in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
“I'd kind of planned that 2017 was, you know, going to be the year that I work on new music, and I have a baby,” she said. “We got pregnant early 2017, and didn't work out." She got pregnant again in the spring and it didn’t work out, and then again in early 2018, only to find it didn’t work out again. However, the fourth time was the charm, and Jacob is like their little miracle baby.
11 Her Firstborn Didn't Want Her To Keep The Second Baby
There is a four-year age gap between Carrie Underwood’s firstborn child, Isaiah, and her second child, Jacob, and it turns out Isaiah wanted to be his mom’s only child. That’s not because he doesn’t want to have a sibling, but because of the super close bond he shares with his mama.
“[Isaiah] told me recently that when the new baby comes that Daddy could have that baby and then he could be mine,” she told People. “He loves me. He looks at me and talks to me and interacts with me like nobody else on this planet. He’ll stare at me and I’m like, ‘What are you looking at?’ And he’s like, ‘I just love you.’ What kid does that?”
10 Their Brood Might Get Even Bigger In The Future Because They’re Open To Adoption
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have two children, but that may not be the end for them. When she was 35, Underwood gave an interview to Redbook about expanding her family, and how she was open to adoption.
When asked if she wanted a big family, she said: “I’m 35, so we may have missed our chance to have a big family. We always talk about adoption and about doing it when our child or children are a little older.” But for now, the couple spends a lot of time focusing on children’s organizations because they want to help “as many kids as possible.”
9 Carrie Has Experienced Mom Guilt (Like All Mamas)
Celebrities often lead very different lives to the rest of us, and although they are loved and respected by so many, their lifestyle can make them unrelatable. But there are some celebs who are more down-to-earth than others, and they have the same challenges and struggles that other women have, like Carrie Underwood, and her thoughts on mom guilt (something which most mothers can relate to).
Speaking of guilt, she told People (via Country Living) that it happens with "every decision you make, everything you do." And one of these decisions was to supplement with formula because of her low milk supply, but she knows she’s doing her best.
8 Carrie Says That Motherhood Is Pretty Easy
Before becoming a mom, many women hear stories of how challenging motherhood is. How crying babies will keep you up all night, and how everything changes. Of course, life does adjust after having a child, but Carrie Underwood found that being a mom was easier than she expected, especially after expecting that it would not be easy.
“We’re laid-back parents and he’s a laid-back baby and...it’s a little easier than I thought it was gonna be,” she told People. “I think I just expected, like, screaming, crying baby all the time, and he’s just happy and smiley and gorgeous.”
7 She Mixed Family Life And Work When She Took Her Son On The Road With Her...
Carrie Underwood’s job is a bit different from most jobs, and she doesn’t have set hours because when the clock turns 5, she can’t pack up and go home. She is also required to tour so that she can perform concerts and promote her music, and she made the decision to take her son, Isaiah on tour with her — a decision she was very thankful she was able to make.
“I’m fortunate because I get to have my little guy with me,” she told Today. “I was so concerned about going on tour and how it was all going to work. How am I going to be a mom? How am I going to do what I do? He’s learned how to hang with us and keep up. It’s been really wonderful having him out on the road.”
6 ...And She Also Has Him Work Out With Her
In 2019, Carrie Underwood became a mom for the second time, but before her son, Jacob, was born, she had four years to focus on her firstborn, and they are inseparable. Underwood has mentioned how her son loves her, and he’s her guy. She’s taken him on tour with her, and she tries to spend as much time with him as possible, even including him in her workout routines.
“He has a short attention span, but he’s a pretty good workout buddy,” she told People, of including Isaiah in her routine. “He just wants to be a part of it, and he just wants to be around you and just do what you’re doing.”
5 Carrie Got Backlash For Wearing A Whole Mess O' Makeup To Isaiah’s Soccer Matches
Isaiah is at the age where he has hobbies of his own, and Carrie Underwood is definitely supportive of this. She made headlines after posting this photo of herself, which she used as an opportunity to inform fans of how she had been at her son’s soccer match.
“Officially a soccer mom this morning!” Underwood wrote. She explained that it was cold out, but that “the kids played a good game!" She continued, "Isaiah scored two goals for his team...and one for the other team…” This sweet photo, and accompanying message, got an unexpected reaction though, as Glamour notes Underwood received backlash for wearing too much makeup to her son’s game.
4 Carrie Was Way Into Teaching Her Son How To Respect Their Pet
Before Carrie Underwood became a mom, she was a mom in a different capacity; to her pet, Penny. When Underwood had her son, Isaiah, she wanted to teach him an important lesson on how to be kind to Penny, so that her pet and her son could get along.
She spoke about this on social media, sharing the proud moment of her son gently stroking her dog. “Good girl...Pa-ba (this is how he says 'Penny'),” she explained. “I half expected these two to clash, but with lots of carefully watched playtime and working hard to teach both how to treat each other, we've managed to do alright! I even think they might [heart] each other!”
3 She Is Totally Honest About Not Being Able To Raise Her Son Without Help
There are many moms who cannot afford to hire help, do not have a support system close by, or would prefer to raise their children on their own, and power to them for being to tackle motherhood on their own. But, there is also nothing wrong with admitting that you need help, and Carrie Underwood’s comments on the topic are refreshingly honest.
“Accepting help is hard for me, but I'm learning,” she told Redbook. “Sometimes I feel guilty that this is my son's life: We live on a bus and we're in a hotel room and sometimes we're in the middle of nowhere and it's not so great. We have a nanny who helps out, especially when we're on the road. But I'd feel guilty asking someone to watch him at home while I run to the grocery store."
2 Though They Love The Outdoors, They’re Also Total Homebodies
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher love the outdoors, and they spend a lot of time doing outdoorsy activities with their kids. Both of their social media accounts are filled with photos of them fishing, exploring nature, or simply just taking walks. They also love spending time together at their home outside of Nashville, even more so since becoming parents.
“They’re total homebodies,” an insider told People. “They rarely leave their home at night and love the outdoors and often go for walks.” The publication also noted that when at their home, the couple is able to avoid the spotlight, and Underwood prefers this.
1 Their House Is A Total Mess (And They Love That About It)
If you were to be invited for a visit to Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher’s house, you shouldn’t expect to walk in and see everything perfectly in place. We have no doubt that it’s clean, but it’s also lived in, and Underwood loves that about their home.
In an interview with Today, Underwood admitted that she prefers to be in sweatpants when she’s home (even jeans are too restrictive) and their home is not perfect. She said, “I love that our house is a mess and there’s toys everywhere. I’m constantly trying to make it not a mess, but it is and that’s OK.”