On Monday, Toby Keith the iconic figure in country music took to social media to share glimpses of the festive moments spent with his loved ones during the holiday season. A heartwarming family photo showcased the artist with his wife, Tricia, their daughters Shelley Covel Rowland and Krystal Keith, son Stelen Keith Covel, and their grandchildren, presenting a scene of warmth and togetherness.
Sending out holiday wishes, Keith accompanied the family portrait with a heartfelt message: “Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yours.”
This holiday gathering departed from the usual laid-back atmosphere of family celebrations. Diverging from the customary pajama-clad tradition, the family adorned themselves in elegant dresses and blazers, with Keith maintaining his distinctive style by donning his signature cowboy hat.
Amidst his ongoing battle with stomach cancer, a diagnosis received two years ago, Toby Keith reflected on the significance of family and gratitude. In recent months, the artist has gradually returned to the public eye, marked by live performances and a notable appearance at the People’s Choice Country Awards.
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During a candid conversation with Audacy’s Katie & Company, the country music legend openly discussed the impact of his health journey, emphasizing the newfound importance of family. Keith, 62, acknowledged the profound shift that a cancer diagnosis can bring, stating, “When you get diagnosed [with cancer], you just freak. And here it is two years later…[family] things are more important than anything, and I’m so blessed.”
Providing an update on his health, Keith shared optimism about his recovery, saying, “I’m doing really good. It’s been a tough two years, but I think I’m turning a corner. I don’t know if you’re ever done with [cancer], but I’m trying to be.”
In a separate interview on the sports podcast Sellout Crowd, Keith likened his cancer experience to a “rollercoaster” and expressed gratitude for having the means to access top-notch treatments. He affirmed, “I have the resources financially and otherwise to get the best treatments I can get. They’re taking great care of me, and I’m getting all the latest stuff you can get. In fact, I’m going to Florida to see another guy down there that’s got some other kind of treatments, and I’m trying them all.”
The encouraging news of Keith’s improving health brings joy to his fans, and you can listen to his insightful interview with Bob Stoops on Sellout Crowd below.