Dr Phil’s wife Robin McGraw has admitted that friends find it strange that she never argues with her husband.
The mother-of-two, 61, who has been married to the TV star for 37 years told New You magazine: ‘People cannot understand when we say we don’t fight. They go “that’s just not natural, you’re lying! Couples fight.”
‘But we don’t fight and it’s because we had a conversation early on and I told him that it’s not natural for me to be in a house where people are screaming and yelling – my parents didn’t do it, I don’t do it and I don’t want to live in a house like that. He got it and has never raised his voice around me. We don’t fight.’
Mrs McGraw – whose New You feature marks her first magazine cover – added that she keeps the spark alive by flirting with Dr Phil.
‘Always flirt!’ she said. ‘A piece of advice I’d tell women: Learn what your husband considers flirting and learn what makes your husband happy.’
The interview also saw her speak about what it was like to grow up with an alcoholic father.
She said of her childhood: ‘I lived in uncertainty every day because of it and didn’t like the feeling. I made decisions early on that I was going to do everything I could to be in control of myself and my life.’
She added that the experience ‘taught me compassion and how to have a more accepting and loving spirit.’
The couple have two sons, Jay, 34 and Jordan, 28. Jay and wife Erica have also given them two grandchildren – a four-year-old girl named Avery and grandson London, three.
But despite her growing career and duties as a mother and grandmother, Mrs McGraw says that her husband ‘is my number one priority.’
She advises other women looking to balance work and family life to ask their husbands: ‘”What can I do for you? Tell me what you need from me, what you need to hear from me, what you need to see me do. I’ll do it.”’
She also recommends checking in with one’s husband on a ‘regular basis,’ adding: ‘Phillip always needs to know I’m proud of him and the loves to hear that I appreciate him.’
Even when she gave birth to Jay in 1979, Mrs McGraw sat Phillip down to tell him that he would still be a priority for her, even with a child in the house.
She explains: ‘From that moment on, he could say to himself, “Oh good, I’m not going to be in second place. She’s not going to forget about our relationship.”’
Mrs McGraw has recently launched a range of anti-aging skincare called Robin McGraw Revelation.
She has also launched a foundation called When Georgia Smiled, which helps victims of domestic violence.