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Garth Brooks: Nothing compares to kids

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Garth Brooks: Nothing compares to kids

Garth Brooks insists "nothing compares" to raising his daughters.

The 53-year-old singer turned his back on music 14 years ago to care for Taylor, now 22, August, 20, and 18-year-old Allie - all from his first marriage to Sandy Mahl and he never regrets his decision.

He said: "People said, 'How could you walk away from music?' But being a dad - there's nothing that can touch that.

"You start being a part of the community. The dads across the soccer field looked at me as a dad just like them. And I was very grateful."

And the country singer found raising his daughters both the "greatest joy and the greatest heartache" but learned to deal with whatever parenting brought his way.

He told People magazine: "Kids are the greatest joy and the greatest heartache you'll ever have. The saying is, as long as your babies are healthy, everything else you can deal with. If they have Ds, if they flunk, you deal with it. You can introduce them to the Lord, teach them manners, teach them to believe in themselves, but the truth is, they're going to be who they're going to be."

Garth - who is married to fellow singer Tricia Yearwood -has returned to music partly to help deal with his daughters growing up but admits he worries about them now more than ever.

He said: "I am in the period now where I think I pray more than I ever have in my life. Because for some reason when they were under my roof, I felt like I might have had some control, you know?"