Johnny Cash: personal life of a musician

Why was the union of Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto hopelessly crushed...?

Johnny Cash's first wife reveals what ruined their marriage

Johnny Cash and June Carter rightly hold the title of the most famous couple in the history of music. Therefore, many people lose sight of, or have no idea that once the heart of a musician belonged to another woman, and ... his mind was misled. Today, the convoluted story of his first marriage to Vivian Liberto is finally being heard.

Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto legalized their romantic relationship on August 7, 1954. Prior to this, the couple exchanged letters filled with love and warmth for three years. At that time, the future songwriter was serving in the army and was in Germany. Later, Vivian and Johnny had children.

Daughters Vivian and Johnny
Daughters Vivian and Johnny

But even this factor did not give their marriage optimism ... In 1966, after 12 years of family life together, Vivian filed for divorce. Johnny Cash's first wife passed away in 2005, having told her story in a book titled I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny. In it, Vivian focuses on the two main factors that crushed her alliance with Johnny: "drugs and June Carter." As Liberto herself put it: “More June than drugs…”

I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny book
I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny book

According to the book, the world of these two began to crumble when they lived in a house in Casitas Springs, from 1961 to 1967. It was then that Johnny became addicted to drugs and alcohol, was "captured" by June, and even unintentionally started a forest fire.

In the book, Vivian admits that she has always loved Johnny, and also complains that she did not put more effort into the union, did not take care of their marriage ...

Vivian also explained that it was June that brought discord to their house. For her, this period became a real stress, since Johnny was not around all the time ... Later, Liberto noted that the manner in which Johnny and June played in the famous film "Walk the Line" is completely untrue ... Vivian also announced that as- then backstage, June said to her, "Vivian, he'll be mine."

Johnny Cash with his second wife Juth
Johnny Cash with his second wife June

In the book, Vivian argues that it was June who contributed to Johnny's estrangement from his family by giving him drugs.

After the divorce, Vivian married a police officer. The woman devoted her life to family, work and charity. Vivian passed away in May 2005, shortly after the release of her book. At that time, she was 71 years old.

According to her and Johnny's daughter Cindy, all Vivian needed at that moment was to "finally, finally have a voice." In her book, Vivian let her inner voice come out...


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