Country legend George Strait is ready to retire from music and become a full-time rancher, but he is reportedly at odds with his wife, Norma, who isn’t quite ready to give up the big life, RadarOnline has learned.
The Down and Out singer, 70, and his wife, 70, recently sold their San Antonio home for a whopping $6.9 million. Now, George is said to be planning a vacation to his 8,000-acre Texas ranch near the Mexican border.
“George has played in front of millions of fans in his career, but the only faces he wants to see are now on his horse and cattle,” one friend to the country music legend recently spilled.
“He may be an international superstar, but George is basically a loner,” the insider continued. “He’s happiest when he’s at the ranch, away from the world.”
According to other reliable sources, Norma, George’s wife of 55 years, is digging in her heels and refusing to settle down.
Catarina, the town closest to the ranch, has only 100 residents, while Cotulla, the nearest city, has a population of only 3,700.
“You have to drive a half hour to get a quart of milk out there!” another close friend of the feuding couple explained.
“George’s life away from performing is all about ranching and roping, but Norma loves to shop at fancy stores and have nice lunches with her gal friends,” the pair’s friend added. “Norma loves the ranch, too – but not as a 365-day-a-year proposition.”
Despite the conflict, more sources close to George say he has no intention of giving up his dream. George has 60 No. 1 hits, the most in country music history.
“It’s a major sticking point between them,” one friend said, suggesting George and Norma are still arguing over the recent change.
The news of George’s marital issues with his wife comes just days after the 70-year-old country music legend spoke out and paid a rare tribute to the late Loretta Lynn – a country music legend in her own right who served a six-decade career in the genre before passing away on October 4 at the age of 90.
“We’re sure going to miss Loretta Lynn. What an amazing woman and so unbelievably talented,” George wrote in a statement on social media.
“Very thankful she shared that with all of our fans,” he continued. “