Sheryl Crow Says Three Failed Engagements Are Better Than Three Divorces

Sheryl Crow may be known for singing about being brokenhearted, but the pop/country singer seems to have a very optimistic outlook on her life. Throughout her career Crow has publicly lived through heartache with three broken engagements, but instead of dwelling on that, she admits that at least she didn’t have three failed divorces.

Talking with Good Housekeeping, there was no subject that was off limits for Sheryl. In a very honest interview, the singer spoke about her heartache, marriage, and on adopting her sons Wyatt and Levi.

Her thoughts on marriage don’t seem different from the norm, but as far as she’s concerned she would rather go it alone if it meant saving herself from further heartache and failure.

“Hey, I would love to get married — I’m still old-fashioned. But I don’t think marriage is the be-all and end-all. It’s better to have three broken engagements than three divorces.”

Crow’s high profiled relationships include Owen Wilson, Eric Clapton and of course the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Of those relationships Sheryl revealed that she felt “small” as the woman in the relationship. By being with successful men she had to adjust her place in their lives.

“What ends up happening is that one of you becomes smaller — and it was always me. It’s always the woman. I mean, I don’t know if it’s always the woman, but I do think that sometimes in order for one person’s light to shine, everyone else has to dim theirs.”

The magazine highlights her relationship with Lance Armstrong, which Crow openly talks about. During their relationship Armstrong said she felt like she was a “self-appointed caretaker” and that made her feel “really small.”

Although she has experienced heartache the singer has found her peace with her two boys Wyatt, 7, and Levi, 4. Sheryl decided to adopt the boys who, “could not be more brothers if I’d had them both myself.”

The country singer continued:

“They also believe, as do I, that God put us together. They know how blessed I am to get to be their mommy. So when they’re mad that I won’t let them play video games, I say, ‘God put me in charge. I’m raising you-all the best that I can, and some decisions are not fun.”

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