Star: Carrie Underwood’s marriage on the rocks, ‘she and Mike are barely speaking’

Carrie Underwood has consistently said, for years now, that she doesn’t want children with her husband, hockey star Mike Fisher. She’s referred to their busy schedules, along with the fact that they both travel often for their careers. Carrie calls her dogs her kids, which is cute! I appreciate the fact that Carrie is honest about not feeling ready to be a mother or just not wanting that responsibility. Only what if her husband wants kids? According to Star Magazine, Mike has been holding out for a family and is upset that Carrie still doesn’t want to have a baby. They’ve been married for about three and a half years now. They supposedly never see each other and when they do, things are incredibly strained between them.

“Between his schedule with the Nashville Predators and her rehearsals [for The Sound of Music] they barely saw each other the last three months,” explains a friend close to the 30 year-old country queen. “When they did steal some alone time, Carrie was wiped out physically and emotionally. The ordeal left Mike feeling neglected and ignored.”

According to the source, Mike, 33, only put up with Carrie’s consuming role because she promised to work on starting a family when the show finally wrapped. But despite getting blasted for her wooden acting and stiff presence on the NBC special, other musical theater offers are now flooding in – and Carrie is reneging on her baby promise.

“Mike is fuming,” adds the source. “Carrie is thrilled about all the opportunities, but she’s very conflicted and confused. She and Mike are barely speaking.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, January 6, 2014]

I love how it’s Carrie’s fault for working, and Mike “only put up with it” because she promised him a family. It has nothing to do with the fact that she brings in millions of dollars as one of the world’s top country stars. I hope that angle of Star’s story isn’t true. Carrie doesn’t owe it to the guy to stay home and wait while he’s at work. She’s always been dedicated to her career, Mike knew what he signed up for.

I looked through Carrie’s Twitter and Instagram and she hasn’t posted any photos of Mike since September. She sent a tweet to him recently, retweeting a cute classic family photo of his, but that’s it. He likewise hasn’t tweeted any photos of her since the summer. So I tend to think that something is up between them, but who knows. We’ve been hearing rumors about their relationship problems for years. The last we heard, Carrie was getting too close to also-married Brad Paisley. Whatever is going on, I do think that Carrie and Mike will hang in there. She’s not one to let the cracks show at all.



Header image from June, 2013. Other photos from May, 2012. Credit: and Fame Flynet

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  1. Siobhan says:

    My dear good, that guy has a huge head. Enormous. Aren’t they super religious? Isn’t divorce out of the question?

    • Spooks says:

      I thought the same about the head. He’s very unattractive, isn’t he? He looks like the jock and she looks like a cheerleader in teen movies, lol.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      That ‘s why she’s scared to have a baby with him.

      • Samtha says:

        Now THAT is funny.

      • Tazina says:

        The thing is neither one of them has time for a family. He’s still playing hockey and although I don’t know his schedule he’s probably away off and on. I assume she’s touring all over the place. It would have to be a Loretta Lynn type of marriage with him staying home and she’d be on the road most of the year. She’s not going to be happy staying home raising children. At least it seems that way. This is how marriages fail, too much away time.

      • Decloo says:

        With those combined chins that would be one scary-looking baby. Like a min-Leno.

      • emmie_a says:

        Mitch: HA!!!

        I cannot stand Carrie. She seems fake & bitchy & I think her singing is totally over-rated — BUT I’d become her biggest fan if I could have legs like hers! They are perfect.

    • Siobhan says:

      Isn’t he a NFL player? I though he makes a lot of money, too.

    • Mauibound says:

      I’ve noticed no matter how religous a couple are, when things go to hell, the divorce cometh

    • deehunny says:

      I was hoping someone was going to answer your question about her religious tendencies because I have always wondered. I never really see her wear anything strapless– always longsleeves and short, but I’m sure if she was strapless it would be the glittery pageant gown.

      I have a friend who lives in Alabama who thinks people don’t like her fashion choices because she is religious and dresses conservatively. I tried to explain to him that wasn’t the case.

  2. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She has the most amazing legs…

  3. Kate says:

    I want her legs. They’re awesome.

  4. Birdie says:

    I think he is sexy. Don’t really care for her.

    • JudyK says:

      Have never cared for her, even though I’m from Oklahoma.

      • Delorb says:

        She’s one of the few Idol winners I can stomach. If they’re going to end it, they should end it quickly and quietly. I’m sure there is a prenup. No reason to hand onto a bad marriage. Especially when no kids are involved.

  5. Neffie says:

    in this day and age,we use twitter and instagram to measure the state of someone’s relationship lol

  6. lucy2 says:

    Not that I buy this story, but if the guy wants kids so badly, he can volunteer to give up his career and stay home with them.
    Her face always kind of reminds me of a Barbie doll.

    • Meredith says:

      He is 33 which means his NHL career will not last much longer (3-4 years?). So maybe he will just stay home with kids then. And I agree she has always been driven about her career.

    • ncmagnolia says:

      Yeah, I don’t really get some of the shade being thrown at Carrie. I’m not a fan of hers at all, but what if she just changed her mind about having kids after they got married? People change, it’s not a crime. Maybe she saw how much really goes into being a mom when her friends had kids, maybe she saw the strain having children places on marriages and careers. Not like we’ll ever really know, and this story may be garbage anyway (I mean, Star magazine). People’s priorities change over the course of a lifetime.

      • Delorb says:

        I agree. There shouldn’t be ANY shade directed her way. The article says that she was always against having kids. Which is smart as they rarely have time for each other, how are they going to have time for kids?

    • Becky1 says:

      If it’s true that their marriage is shaky then having a baby won’t solve things. She’s way better off not having a kid with him if there’s uncertainty about the marriage.

  7. lisa2 says:

    I know she has a successful career. But it is not like having children can’t be possible. Other women in music do it all the time.

    I don’t understand why or how children are an issue in any relationship. One would think couples discuss this at the beginning. I think that is what the engagement period should be. Talking in great detail about what you want or think the marriage should be.

    I don’t think either of them have to give up a career. What happened to helping each other and making it work. Both of them can give a bit.

    • Dutch says:

      It’s not like these two have normal careers where they can make minor adjustments to make it work for a kid. He’s long in the tooth for a hockey player, therefore his career window is closing fast and it makes it more likely he’ll be traded out of Nashville at a moment’s notice. Having a baby (the story mentioned nothing of adoption or surrogates, so no ‘what ifs’ please) will likely put her on the shelf for nine months to a year, which is an eternity in the music industry. Music artists make most of their money on tour and she probably doesn’t want to raise her child in hotels or a tour bus.

      I’ve seen the “baby war” happen with couples. Even with a lengthy engagement and discussion, people will just talk themselves into a mindset of “he/she will change once we’re married.” It happens all the time.

      • MrsBPitt says:

        I disagree…I would think it would actually be EASIER for people with millions of dollars to have children and a career. They can have their children with them all time, with a permanent nanny, or two, to help…private jets, etc. Anyway, if this story is true, I guess Carrie is the new Jennifer Anniston…”Yes Brad, as soon as Friends wraps, we can start on that family”…..rrrrright!!!!

      • Dani says:

        I agree with pitt – if people working regular 9-5 jobs making low income and sometimes having to work over time can figure out where to put their child, a singer who makes millions can afford 12 nannys a private jet and every other little thing that requires her baby on the road with her and won’t even bat an eye. She just doesn’t want kids.

      • gefeylich says:

        True. It happened to me. I wanted kids, my husband absolutely did not but neglected to be clear about it before we were married. We adjusted, and we’re fine (I helped to raise my single sister’s son).

        BUT: not talking about stuff like this before marriage can be a complete deal-breaker later if one spouse doesn’t change his or her mind. Yeah, it was a huge bomb thrown in my marriage and I did consider divorce. As such I don’t blame anyone who follows through with a divorce if their spouse refuses a huge life change he or she thought was a given in a marriage. I also don’t blame the person who doesn’t want that huge life change. Even the Catholic church allows annulments on these grounds.

        Better to divorce early on and start again than be miserable. It’s a hard life lesson, but one which will never be made twice (I hope).

    • GumbyGirl says:

      EXACTLY! There are plenty of successful career women who have children. Pink, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, posh spice and beckham, etc.) It’s just a matter of compromise. If someone REALLY wanted children (and there weren’t any health/fertility related issues) they would find a way to juggle career and parenthood.

      • gefeylich says:

        But that’s the point. Apparently Underwood doesn’t want children. That’s her right. She should have made it clearer to her husband, but there’s no “shoulds” about parenthood. Either you want kids or you don’t, and it doesn’t make her a bad person if she doesn’t.

        Better that she stays true to herself and not have children than have them to placate her spouse and then end up being indifferent to them or outright despising them. Not all women are cut out to be mothers.

  8. Diane says:

    Let’s be honest. He probably watched The Sound of Music and now the magic is gone.

  9. Jacqueline says:

    I’m a distance runner and I’m still jealous of her killer legs.
    The thing here is whether or not she ever promised him a family life. It’s one thing to b upfront, but it’s another thing to renege on what you agreed to as a couple. She’s had her little bitch-fights here and there -which I can actually kind of respect. At least she isn’t trying to be Taylor Swift and never let on that she has that side at all. I think those girls are always the worst kind. But not letting cracks in the marriage show is kind of the same thing – and the divorce will seemingly come out of nowhere.

    • doofus says:

      agree on the renege issue. if she made it clear up front that she didn’t want kids EVER, and he’s complaining now, he’s got no leg to stand on. However, if she said “eventually” (which is what a LOT of folks – male and female – will tell their S.O. to keep the relationship alive) then it’s on her.

      of course, it IS Star Mag, so…?

  10. Hannah says:

    “She’s not one to let the cracks show at all.” Or her pores…

  11. QQ says:

    The impression ive always gotten of this situation is that he is a very nice old fashioned, down to earth type dude, religious, into his charitable organizations etc and well, Carrie has innumerable stories of being bitchy, dickish and turning her charm on whenever it suits, I also get the impression that although religious she is in the progressive side and also if not outright for no kids fairly ambivalent about them and about losing her independence, based on even her living arrangements for a while there…. Im a No child-thank-you-very-much chick myself so im NOT shading her on that I will however shade on her TERRIBLE fashion sense/award show Toddlers and Tiaras clothes and hair

    • zinjojo says:

      Yes to all of this. And her sense of style is truly awful — the Barbie hair that does nothing for her but ages her and the clothes that all look like they’re pageant cast offs.

      • Chrissy says:

        I agree. I find her clothes so kitschy like a lot of other female country artists – lots of sequins, weird colours. She desperately needs a make-over including toning down the makeup and hair imo.

    • flutters says:

      FWIW, talk to every crew member behind the scenes during those 8 weeks or whatever of The Sound Of Music rehearsals and you will hear nothing but raves about how wonderful and exemplary Carrie Underwood was as a person the whole time. The cast (from kids to adults) raved about her too but I’m putting more weight on crew talk because their comments didn’t come in media interviews. I’ve heard the same thing about how Carrie Underwood treats her tour road crew like gold.

      Not saying she’s perfect, but from what I’ve heard, she’s not one of those stuck-up/entitled types.

      I do really wish she would go easy on the makeup though, she looks so much better with less of it on. The spidery eyelashes and heavy eyeliner are just too, too much.

  12. Bodhi says:

    She has the WORST taste in fashion.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      And hair bleach, and orange tan, and pancake makeup…. she does have a very cute and pretty face though.

  13. Talie says:

    I wrote the last time that she would do better with a power player who has her same ambitions. I don’t think humble and simple men are for her — she needs someone higher up the food chain who shares her love of being #1.

  14. The Original Mia says:

    If children were so important to him, shouldn’t they have discussed them say prior to marriage? I don’t understand spouses who think they can change their partner’s mind after marriage. This goes for celebrities and regular folk alike.

    As for Ms. Underwood, I don’t like her, but her legs are amazing.

    • Oceansoul89 says:

      Agreed. My SO and I had a very detailed discussion about children. It’s a good thing we agreed on not having children and instead opening an animal rescue. (We both REALLY love animals and have talked about buying a big plot of land).

    • Lisa says:

      Maybe Carrie changed her mind. I remember a couple years ago there was some story about how Carrie and some of her longtime friends had plans to have kids at the same time. Maybe that story isn’t true and maybe this story isn’t true. No one knows for sure.

      • Rosa says:

        That is right. No one knows. Look at Khloey as an example. She kept claiming she wasn’t getting preggers due to infertility issues. Then we find out Lamar had been cheating and doing crack. We don’t know the real story.

  15. Stef Leppard says:

    So the gist is that she works, and he works, and when they get home from work they are exhausted? Give me a break. That is the story of every other couple in America, only the rest of us don’t have millions of dollars to swim in Scrooge McDuck-style when we get home after a long day of work.

    • Decloo says:

      The point is that they don’t get home from work in the same place. Both travel for their jobs. They probably spend more time apart than together. It’s different for couples who see each other every day.

    • Brigittte says:

      Scrooge McDuck style. Heehee! 🙂

  16. shannon says:

    I’m thinking they’re over and done by the middle of next year. He does have a huge face.

  17. Tiffany says:

    To be honest, I think there is more to this Fisher guy than meets the eye. From what people say he is a nice guy but he strikes me as someone who wants his woman a certain way and it is her job to keep up with it. He wants a sexy wife and a pregnancy and kids can effect that image. I have a feeling that if his ego takes a hit for some reason (like when he will be bouncing around the league with one year contracts and Carrie is out earning him hand over fist) he will do some asinine like commit adultery. Got a bad feeling about that guy.

    • mayamae says:

      Carrie has said she will give up her career if it should endanger their marriage. I was irritated at the time because the feeling didn’t seem to be reciprocal.

      • Nina W says:

        She really said that? That is so sad. Why should she have to give up her dreams to shore up a failing marriage? If you marry, pick someone who will help you reach for the stars not someone who drags you back down to earth. A good marriage gives you strength to face the day and doesn’t make you dread coming home.

  18. JLM says:

    That aqua outfit was bad enough in the first photo, but the scroll-down to reveal that it’s paired with matching shorts is just horrific. And now I can’t unsee it!

  19. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    Stuff like kids needs to be discussed before any couple gets engaged. And both parties have to be mature, upfront and honest even if they disagree–because hiding things isn’t going to work and will just mean more heartache and problems down the road. I am married to a man who doesn’t want kids and am happy; but my first engagement was to a man who thought “I’ll just wait long enough for her to change her mind.” so while he was telling me he wasn’t bothered by me not wanting kids, me not wanting to covert to his religion, not wanting to change my name, and so on, he was actually really angry and resentful that I stayed the course instead of coming around to his way of thinking. I had no idea he thought differently until he walked out on me less than a week before the wedding–he’d been seeing someone else for nearly a year. I’m angry it happened but glad he’s gone; now I’m really with The One…but I still hope a piano drops on my ex’s head someday 🙂

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Wow, really? I’m glad you got what you wanted and didn’t marry a douchebag (a religious one, at that). Your story reminds me of this girl I knew from my old church. She had a friend who was about to get married, like a month or so before the wedding, and she found out that her fiance was writing letters (they might’ve been emails) to a woman, the entire time they had been together, if not longer. He wouldn’t let her read any of the letters, and he wouldn’t stop writing to her, but still wanted to get married. That girl was devastated. But it’s better to know those things before you get married.

      About the baby issue–I can’t understand why people aren’t just honest about it. I think that whenever I start dating, the best time to talk about that whole issue is if you are in, a serious relationship i.e not a fling, or having fun, early on. Like a few months in–I’m not saying you need to talk about getting married or anything like that, but I would like to know, before I get serious with someone if they want to have kids in the future. And I would be hurt if that person lied to me–either giving up what they wanted, or getting something that they don’t want. I just don’t understand that.

      I also don’t understand the lack of communication. I read Eat, Pray, Love–maybe I’m just harsh on her, but I just can’t understand why she couldn’t *talk* to her husband about not wanting to retire and have kids anymore–if I’m remembering right, it started years before she divorced him. That she started to realize that she didn’t want to give up her job and make babies and make jam–that’s fine. But to me, it just seemed like she made everything soooo dramatic. If I’m with someone I love, then I want to be honest with them—especially on the matter of kids.

      Like with me, one of the things I want to do is adopt kids, in the 8–12 range, probably siblings. I do want a big family–I’m from a family of five, and I never considered that to be a lot of kids. So here I am, happily planning out my entire future with my future kids–with no guy in site. I’ve not even thought of having a boyfriend or husband—but I know that if I did date someone before I adopted, I would find a way to say that this^^^^^^^^^^ is my future, and if you want to get serious with me, then this is what comes with me. I would never try to hide or downplay my hopes about kids, and I can’t understand why anyone would.

      I get that it’s hard, but it’s necessary.

  20. flutters says:

    Star mag just got this story from the Enquirer, and it’s just as stupid now as it was then. Let’s also note: the Enquirer yanked the Brad Paisley affair story from its website, likely because Paisley’s legal team got involved. Pretty sure it was a giant FU to the Enquirer’s affair story that at Carrie Underwood’s 12/3 homecoming Opry appearance, Brad Paisley joined Carrie Underwood to sing their hit duet Remind Me. By the way, Mike Fisher was backstage at that appearance, and was seen chatting away with Brad Paisley backstage (as mentioned by Joe Diffie, who was celebrating his 20th anniversary as an Opry member that night).

    The Enquirer followed up with a story about Carrie Underwood’s “Hollywood nightmare” that she was flooded with offers and couldn’t decide whether to stay in Nashville or go Hollywood. That’s a nightmare? Contradicting its own story about marital problems, the Enquirer said Mike Fisher had told Carrie Underowod “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

    “I looked through Carrie’s Twitter and Instagram and she hasn’t posted any photos of Mike since September. She sent a tweet to him recently, retweeting a cute classic family photo of his, but that’s it. He likewise hasn’t tweeted any photos of her since the summer. ”

    They don’t tweet that much about each other in general, but Mike Fisher did brag in early November about how his twitter was blowing up about how hot his wife is after the CMAs, then Carrie Underwood tweeted back about how she married up. Mike Fisher also favorited several tweets defending Carrie Underwood’s Sound Of Music Live performance a few weeks ago (and tweeted out how proud he was of her), and Carrie Underwood’s been seen at every Predators home game since The Sound Of Music, plus a road game they played in New York City against the NY Rangers a few days after The Sound Of Music.

    All things considered, all this is is a couple low-credibility tabloids noticing that Carrie’s a hot topic again and trying to come up with another angle to shame a woman for not popping out babies immediately. It’s not backed up by real world evidence, at all.

    Has anybody else noticed how Star’s been picking up Enquirer stories lately and vice versa? Both are running the dumb story about Kelly Clarkson’s husband’s allegedly wandering eye (which Kelly’s refuted) too.

    • flutters says:

      Oops, the date of the Opry homecoming appearance where Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley sang together and Mike Fisher was backstage was 12/13, not 12/3.

  21. joan says:

    I don’t pay much attention to her but get the impression that he may be more authentically who he seems and she may be posing as the downhome country gal but really isn’t into being so downhome.

    The problem isn’t what she IS — it’s that she’s POSING.

  22. Original Me says:

    please. this is according to the pulitzer prize winning star magazine? yawn.

  23. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Mike Fisher is a friend of a friend. I’ve met him a couple times; once at a bar and then a house party. He is a SUPER nice guy and remembered me, asking right away how my new work was suiting me (I’d just changed careers at the time of our first meeting). I never have met his wife, but the friends I know who have say she has seemed nothing but bored and cranky. One described her as “demanding”, but gave few details.
    It’s secondhand info, I know, but that’s what I got, FWIW.
    MAybe she just hates visiting Canada.

  24. Oyn says:

    Obvously you cannot tell everything happening from just seeing people a couple of times. I have seen these two a couple of times though and trust me, he completely ADORES her and I doubt that he would give up so quickly due to issues. Hope they try to work it out.

  25. Best Jess says:

    I know nothing at all about either of them but its quite possible she was always upfront about never wanting kids and he heard “just now”. A lot of people believe that ALL women want kids and if they say they don’t just humor them and eventually they’ll come around, cause its genetic right?

    I say this from bitter experience. EVERYONE knew I was serious about never wanting kids, everyone except my ex who assumed he knew me better than I knew myself and eventually started resenting me because he wasn’t a dad yet. Of course now he has a 4 year old and an ex wife and he apparently never quite manages the child support on time and is rarely willing to change his schedule for the kid.

  26. DoMaJoReMc says:

    When I saw this post, I immediately thought of Brad Paisley…I really hope that he is as committed to Kimberly and their boys as he appears to be. It would be a tremendous shame if the amount of time Carrie and Brad spend together impacts a beautiful family.

  27. Glado says:

    The only reason she married him was because she had the hots and was waiting for marriage to have sex. It appears neither option was very interesting. When they announced their engagement I looked at my wife and said this won’t last.
    Same as Miranda Lambert. That won’t last either. He’s a player, she’s a homebody.

  28. Axis2ClusterB says:

    He plays for the Predators, it’s not like he’s going to be too busy to take care of kids postseason.

    Seriously, tho, he seems like a nice guy and I like her. I hope they work this out.

  29. Kosmos says:

    You know, when a woman has a baby, she instantly has to give up a lot of other things. When a man’s wife has a child, he somehow can go on doing his thing because she is raising the baby, and he can be with the baby when he comes home. If a woman isn’t ready to settle down with a baby and wants to continue her life as is, then I see it as her choice and I don’t think a baby should be brought into the marriage if both parents are not completely ready. End of story. If this causes dissent between the two of them, then I think that’s better than forcing someone to have a child.