The 89-year-old country legend confessed that he hasn't been the perfect husband.
Just like anybody else, Willie Nelson has made mistakes in his life. The country music legend has had a complicated past and recently admitted a difficult moment in his life where he had to tell his second wife, Shirley Collie, that he had fathered a child with another woman. The 89-year-old reflected on his past marriages and infidelities in his joint memoir, Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band, which he co-wrote with his sister Bobbie Nelson. Nelson has seven children from his four marriages. He was first married to Martha Matthews from 1952 to 1962 and the pair had three children together: daughters Lana and Susie, and son Willie "Billy" Hugh Jr., who sadly died in an accident on Christmas Day 1991. He later married Shirley in 1963 and they divorced in 1971. That year, he married Connie Kopeke.
In his book, he opened up about the time he had to tell his second wife the truth about his affair. "Shirley saw a bill from a Houston hospital. I tried to play it off as no big deal. I told her that I had to go to the hospital for something minor," he wrote in the book, as per PEOPLE. "Shirley wasn't buying that for one simple reason: The bill said the charges were for the birth of a baby girl, Paula Carlene, born to a Mrs. Connie Nelson. Shirley wanted to know who in the hell was Connie Nelson," he noted, adding, "Couldn't lie. Was caught flatfooted. Had to get the words out of my mouth. 'Connie’s my girlfriend and Paula's our daughter.'"
In addition to daughter Paula, Connie and Wilson later had daughter Amy. But while married to his third wife, the musician fell in love with makeup artist Annie Marie D'Angelo on the set of Stagecoach, the 1986 film he starred in with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jenning. In 1988, he split with his third wife. He ended up marrying D'Angelo in 1991, and the couple remain married today. "I messed up another marriage. My wandering ways were too much for any woman to put up with. I'll always love Connie. I'll always love all my wives. I've always said that there's no such thing as a 'former' wife. Once in your life, a wife never leaves. I regret the pain I caused Connie—and Martha and Shirley before her—and have no excuses. But love is love, and in the mideighties I fell head over heels in love with Ann Marie D'Angelo, called Annie. Never had met a woman like her before," Nelson wrote in the book. The pair share two sons, Lukas and Jacob Micah. He added that "marrying Annie wasn't complicated at all. It's about the smartest thing I ever did. I can say that because, 34 years after we first met, we're still together and going strong."