OFFSTAGE: Sobriety Becomes Tim McGraw

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Tim McGraw has been clean and sober for five years. And don’t you think all those healthy changes look really, really good on him? He told People magazine, “I drank a lot from my point of view, and I needed to stop. I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn’t feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run.” Those kids — Gracie, 15, Maggie, 14, and Audrey, 11 — are the main reason he decided to make these changes for the better. “I’m in a good place right now,” says McGraw. “I really feel like this new album is not a culmination of the things I’ve done, it’s a new beginning of the things I am going to do. I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life.” His Two Lanes of Freedom album will be released Tuesday (Feb. 5).