Fiona and John Prine met on November 28, 1988 and almost eight years later, they married on April 6, 1996.
Just last year, John shared footage from their wedding and used lyrics from his song “The Love Is Real” as his caption on Facebook.
“Happy 23rd Anniversary to the love of my life, mother of my children…
I can taste your lipstick in the wine
I can feel your heartbeat close to mine
With your love wrapped around me
I’m silent and still
I know that this love is real”
Happy 23rd Anniversary to the love of my life, mother of my children, @Fiona Whelan Prine…..I can taste your lipstick in the wineI can feel your heartbeat close to mineWith your love wrapped around meI'm silent and stillI know that this love is real
Posted by John Prine on Saturday, April 6, 2019
One year later, on their 24th anniversary, they are unable to celebrate together.
John is currently battling COVID-19, as well as pneumonia in both lungs. He was put on a ventilator on March 28 and according to an update from Fiona on April 3, it was his 8th day in the ICU. Fiona updated his fans saying, “He has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with meds, including antibiotics.”
She continued, “He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him.”
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This is John’s 8th day in ICU . He is receiving excellent medical care and being treated with kindness and compassion by the entire team looking after him day and night. I cannot be with him which makes this nightmare all the more distressing for me. As you know, John was put on a ventilator last Saturday. He still needs quite a bit of help with his breathing. Like many patients currently in ICU beds all around the world, John has pneumonia in both lungs. He has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with meds, including antibiotics. He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him. I don’t have the words to adequately Thank You all for the outpouring of love and prayers that John and our family has received this last week. It means the world to us to have your love and support at this difficult time. On behalf of me and our boys- Jody Jack and Tommy – please know that we are keeping you all in our hearts with a prayer that you stay safe and healthy. Please continue to send Love, Prayers and Positive Energy to John. He needs us now more than ever.John loves you and I love you too.??❤️? Cartoon by Rick Maynard
On their 24th anniversary, though they are apart, Fiona took to social media to say a few words about her beloved husband.
“24 years and more…we met and fell in love on November 28 1988. The memories are flooding back …my only prayer today is that he can feel my love surrounding him,” she said accompanying a joyful photo from their wedding day.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John. We hope he makes a full recovery. Watch him talk about singing with his wife in the video below.