— -- As the father of three teenagers, Tim McGraw is beginning to deal with his daughters bringing boyfriends around.
However, he insists he's "not too tough."
"I mean, I have sledgehammer. I want it to be visceral," he joked during an appearance on Rachael Ray's talk show. "No, I'm not that tough. I mean, I try to act like I am, but I just want them to be happy. I want them to have a good time."
McGraw, 47, and his wife Faith Hill, also 47, have three kids, Gracie, Maggie and Audrey. The girls' male friends have taken a shine to Hill, he said.
"She's pretty sweet. She's sweet to the guys, yeah," he said. "They love her they like her better than they do me, of course."
But he understands the appeal. McGraw, who married Hill shortly after meeting her in 1996, recalled the "coolest" gift his wife ever gave him, noting that yes, it was a sentimental gesture too.
"When we first started dating in 1996, we were touring together and I had this ‘71 Cutlass that I’d bought with some of the first money I’d ever made. So I bought this ‘71 Cutlass And I was pulling it around on a trailer, and I was courting her in this car, and my uncle had told me, 'Look, if you ever make love to a woman playing ‘Samba Pa Ti’ by Carlos Santana and then you’re going to have to marry her,'" he said. "So I had it on loop in my car all the time. Just in case I got lucky. which took a long time, but I married her! But she took that car and she had it redone for me [for my 40th birthday]."