Kenny Rogers was well known for several breathtaking classic country songs like Through The Years, You Decorated My Life and The Gambler. But did you know that the music crooner got head over heels in love at first sight to his fifth and last wife, Wanda Miller?
Miller, who was born in Lowndes County to Charles Miller and Teena Miller, was Kenny Rogers’ spouse for 22 years until he passed away at the age of 81. How did the country legend meet her? Let’s get to know more about Wanda Miller.
Kenny Rogers Met Miller At A Restaurant While He Was Out On A Blind Date
Rogers met Miller at a restaurant called Pricci where she was working and the country music superstar was out on a blind date with the woman his friend, Charlie Minor, introduced him to. Here’s how Rogers described the day he met Miller:
“When the hostess walked by our table. I’m honestly not sure she even looked at me, but I saw her. I don’t know what and I don’t know why, but there was just something incredibly different about her from the minute I saw her. She had a smile, not a hostess smile, but something more genuine, and believe it or not, it rocked me to my core.”
Out of respect for his date, Rogers didn’t approach miller. But he did not want to miss his opportunity, so he called the restaurant to find out more about Miller. Now, the problem is that Millers thought her co-workers were playing a prank on her when they said that Rogers called the restaurant to ask about her.
After much persuasion, her co-workers finally convinced her it was real. She returned his call and they started dating
“I came in the next day and they all said, Kenny Rogers called asking about you,” Miller recalled to the Valdosta Daily Times. “They gave me a piece of paper with a number on it. I threw it away. I thought it was a joke. They dug it out of the trash and said it was for real. I called him back but I never thought I would date him.”
Wanda Miller’s Parents Weren’t So Thrilled With Her Relationship with Kenny Rogers
Even though Miller has fallen for Rogers, it took a while for her parents to give their blessing to their relationship. Miller was 26 then and Rogers was already 54 years old.
Her parents are two years younger than Rogers. So they called Rogers when they started dating and said, “We want you to know we didn’t appreciate what you’re doing with our daughter,’ and I said, ‘First of all I don’t blame you. I don’t think I would either but I will make you a promise. I will never lie to her and I will never lie to you.”
But Rogers knew he wanted to spend his remaining years with Miller. Luckily, it did not take long for Miller’s parents to give Rogers their blessing.
Kenny Rogers and Wanda Miller Were Married in 1997
Kenny Rogers and Wanda Miller were married in 1997 after dating for five years and they have been together ever since. Rogers was married five times, but according to Rogers, his marriage to Wanda Miller was the most rewarding of them all.
In his final interview, he said that his years married to Wanda Miller were the most rewarding of all his marriages. He said: “I think the years with Wanda have been the most rewarding. That’s no offense to any of the other people I was married to. I just think I wasn’t ready before. I’ve had a lot of things in my life. I’ve made loads of money and had the biggest and best of everything, but now I’m back to looking at the small things that matter: my boys. Wanda. It’s not about me anymore. It’s about them.”
Kenny Rogers’ Spouse Wanda Miller Had Twin Boys In 2004
At first, Rogers no longer want to have any more kids. However, Miller never had kids and she really wanted children when she turned 31.
Rogers did some soul-searching and realized that it would be unfair take Miller’s childbearing years, so they decided to go for it. Imagine how thrilled they were when they were told they are having twins.
On July 6, 2014, Kenny Rogers’ spouse, Wanda Miller became a first-time mom as they welcomed Justin Charles and Jordan Edward into the world. They are identical twins with curly brown locks similar to their mother’s.
But What’s Even More Interesting Is That Millers Also Had A Twin Sister
Miller has a twin sister named Tonia and they really looked alike. The two appears to remain close with each other, as we can see in Miller’s latest post on Instagram.
“God blessed me with you as my sister!” Miller posted in November 2019 along with a photo them both smiling to the camera. “Happy birthday to my Best friend!”
She Is A ‘Phenomenal Mother’ To Her Twins
To Rogers, Wanda Miller is the “most phenomenal mother he has ever seen”.
“She is truly my soul mate. She knows me better than anyone has ever known me before,” Rogers told Fox News in 2012. “She is the most phenomenal mother I have ever seen. The boys are so lucky to have her and so am I.”
Her Husband Gave Her a Beautiful Country Home
In 2012, the country music star bought Wanda Miller a beautiful country home in Atlanta. The place was so big at 13,000 square feet that spread to six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and four half-bathrooms, a double-island eat-in kitchen, a game room with a full bar and movie theater with stadium seating. It also came with 10 fireplaces.
Wow, it’s absolutely like the perfect place to be!