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Rory Feek Opens Up About Joey Feek Documentary: It’s Like She’s Still Here

Always by his side. Rory Feek opened up in a new interview about his upcoming documentary, To Joey, With Love, a film about his late wife, Joey Feek. Chatting with Today’s Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday, September 6, the “When I’m Gone” singer, 51, said that it feels like his longtime love is still with him, thanks to all the footage he recovered for the film.

“When Joey passed away in March and we came home to our farm, I couldn’t remember my wife healthy,” Rory said, as seen in the clip above. “All those years of marriage and all that life that she had, until I started going through the footage and then I saw her come back to life. I was able, in making the film, to watch her life happen in real time again. It was amazing.”

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During a September 4 appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, the dad of one — he and Joey welcomed daughter Indiana, 2, in February 2014 — said that his spouse’s death still doesn’t feel real. “That’s the biggest thing I struggle with,” he shared. “I still walk around thinking, ‘She’s really not here? She’s really not coming back?’”

As previously reported, Joey passed away on March 4 at age 40 after a two-year battle with cervical cancer. Though she was laid to rest on the Feek family’s 60-acre farm that same month, Rory revealed that he hasn’t been able to bring himself to order a headstone for his wife’s grave.

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Joey Feek and Rory Feek attend the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rick Diamond/ACMA2013/Getty Images

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“I don’t know why, I just can’t,” he told CBS Sunday Morning. “I don’t know if it’s that she’s so simple, and a wooden cross is part of what she would like. It probably has something to do with permanence. So, for now, I can sit out here and feel like it’s —it’s maybe just temporary. Although I know it’s not.”

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Rory — who had performed with his wife as the Grammy-nominated country duo Joey + Rory — told Today that he still talks to Joey every day over a cup of coffee. “[My daughter and I] can sit on our back porch and sort of feel her there,” he said on Tuesday, adding that he built a bench right next to her grave. “And she’s not far away to watch life happen, so it’s pretty special to be there.”

Watch Rory’s emotional interview in the video above. To Joey, With Love is set to premiere on Tuesday, September 20.


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