While speaking in a recent interview with Apple Music Country for Apple Music Essentials, the 53-year-old musician spoke candidly about being the inspiration behind Taylor Swift's breakout hit almost 15 years after the song was first released.
Detailing that he was impressed with the song, Tim McGraw further admitted that he was a little apprehensive about the track when he first heard it. He thought, have I gotten to that age now to where they're singing songs about me?
Tim McGraw realized that somebody had told me that she was in her seventh-grade math class when she wrote the song, so it made him feel a little bit better about that because she was so young writing it. So he didn't feel like I was that terribly old.
"Tim McGraw" was released in 2006 as Taylor Swift's first-ever single from her self-titled debut album and peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on Hot Country Songs. Back in 2007, while attending the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Taylor Swift, 31, performed a live rendition of the song and met Tim McGraw for the first time.